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My will not thine be done
By down not out
1/10/2013 3:58:09 PM
How much of life is generally based on our ability to put His will before our own. Every day you can do an inventory of how many times you followed your own will or His will. You can also make an account of the result of that action.
Step 3 is turning our will over to the care of God because it is our will that got us in this mess in the first place. If you ever find yourself thinking "I got this" think again. The whole premise of life to addicts and non addicts is submitting to the His will. If you find yourself thinking your strong enough, its not the first time you've though that, and if your on this site then you weren't strong enough many times before. Remember no matter where I go there I am, and it was my actions that got me into this mess.
Step 4 and 5 is a literal account of all the times you followed your own will and we see where that got us. If we mastered step 3 from the beginning we would be in a completely different place. I saw someone say submitting to God's will is like ending slavery to addiction and replacing it with another form of slavery. I think your only as strong as your ability to surrender. That phrase sounds contradictory. If you're strong, you submit to no one or nothing.
The only one of God's children to submit to Him in all things is our Savior. You can imagine how powerful He is. You don't get more powerful than omnipotent. So we can kick claw and scrape holding on to the one thing that is truly ours, our agency saying we want to do it our way or we can surrender it and possess it all the more.

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well said    
"the first paragraph scared me because when i talk about that stuff that's exactly how i talk about it - echo you 100%
the key to it all is consistency. we typically all have flashes of brilliance when we begin recovery, but resolves naturally fade and sincerity is replaced with pride if we aren't active about it. here's to being consistent"
posted at 22:17:55 on January 10, 2013 by recovery.gdo
My Achilles heel is consistency    
"I think your my doppleganger. Flashes of brilliance is right. I hit my rockbottom then started a recovery program and I was all about it. Then it wasn't so new anymore. Just like anything else I tried it didn't work. The common denominator I didn't see was that I was in every equation. I heard in a meeting one day, "we try to run from our addiction but no matter where we go there we are,and every time we look in the mirror we see the cause of our problem" like you said, consistency is the most important thing. May we live one day at a time reminded by our powerlessness and reach out for help."
posted at 22:38:29 on January 10, 2013 by Down not out


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