Working Step Three

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Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it.

Many people new to recovery look at Step Three – making a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him – and immediately start to complain. Often, this is because they have unpleasant early-life memories of a misogynistic, bigoted, and/or punishing deity. You know, tall guy, long silver hair and beard, white robes, Birkenstock sandals, gets very, very angry and floods the planet or drops a plague of locusts when people don’t do what he wants. Unsurprisingly, many addicts, even those who are desperate for recovery, want no part of that guy. The good news is those of us who have bad memories of God or a lack of belief in organized religion don’t have to utilize that conceptualization. The final four words of Step Three, as we understood him, make this perfectly clear.

Just for Today
Try to “act as if” you believe in a benevolent Higher Power that cares about your recovery.