Weekly Focal Point
“When ready, we say something like this: My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
~ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 76 ~
(Seventh Step Prayer)
Twelve Step Series: Step Seven
Step Seven: We have humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Our work with Steps Four, Five and Six – the searching, the admitting and the making ready – put us in a position to relinquish self-will and experience the will of a Power greater than our own. We brought our freely-acknowledged faults to the God of our understanding and humbly asked to have them taken away. Many of us misunderstood the meaning of humility. We may have thought it indicated weakness, submission, resignation or compliance, but all of these imply we still had lurking reservations. Humility isn’t weakness; it is strength. With humility we found total willingness to accept God’s help. We were finally convinced that without it we could not achieve our goals. Humility gave us honesty and depth of vision – a realistic assessment of ourselves and our part in the scheme of things. It placed us in our true relationship with a Higher Power. Before all else, we stopped trying to control people and happenings in our daily experience.
(Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 45)
3 C’s of Al-Anon
- We didn’t CAUSE it
- We can’t CONTROL it
- We can’t CURE it
AND WE WON’T CONTRIBUTE TO IT TODAY
***Next Family Afterward Meeting will take place on April 27th @ 7 p.m. CST via Zoom***
Considerations for the Week
- Is it possible that I do not have the power to change myself but will need to rely on a Power greater than myself to see authentic and lasting results in my life?
- Am I truly willing to submit my own defects of character in my recovery program rather than focusing on the defects of character exhibited in the behavior patterns of my loved one?
- Is it possible that on the other side of humility, is the life of abundance and freedom that I desire and deserve?