On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, The Recovery Topic is Step 7. Humbly asked Him to remove all these defects of character.
The Twelve and Twelve tells us that “the whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.” We first looked at humility in the Third Step when we made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. Without some humility, no alcoholic can stay sober. Our experience has shown us that without humility, we cannot live a purposeful life. AA teaches us that a useful life is one in the service of others.
Bill Wilson explains humility this way, “As long as we placed self-reliance first, genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of humility is a desire to seek and do God’s will.” When we live life run on self will, humility is missing. Humility, we discover, is not something to re resisted, but something to be accepted.
Bill Wilson wrote that the process of accepting humility “was unbelievably painful. It was only be repeated humiliations that we were forced to learn something about humility.” Taking the Third Step was a bold example of spiritual humility because it was a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. With the Seventh Step, we have an opportunity to put that decision into practice by asking God to do something specific for us. We are humbly asking God to remove our character defects. We are saying your will, not mine. But we must accept the terms, conditions, and timetable that our Higher Power has in mind.
What is humility?
What is the difference between humility and humiliation?
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