Steps 6 and 7 – a lifetime process

Step Six “were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character”

Step Seven “Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings”

Step Seven prayer:

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.

After completing step five I became increasingly aware of my character defects. it wasn’t the beating up session I expected it to be. you can found out more here. I have since been wondering, what does it really mean to be Entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. the instructions were short but clear, as long as there is nothing I want to hold on to, there is nothing I refuse to change then I am ready.

I had to look clearly at myself and what I have become through the addiction, then look at my recovery process and what I have become through the grace of God being sober. The answer was clear, I don’t want to hold on to being dishonest, selfish, proud, self-seeking etc. I couldn’t fathom how they’ll be removed, but that is not my job, I just need to be ready for God to remove them. and I felt that I am.

I recited the prayer above with my sponsor. I will probably include this as part of my prayer routine. I need be reminded that I am in fact not perfect, I do have character defects and I need God’s help to remove them. I need Him to remove my shortcomings not so that I become a perfect person, (cause I will never be), but so that I can be of service to mankind.

now, I need to make a list of all persons I had harmed and become willing to make amends to them all. see you in step 8

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