Saturday, 9 March 2019

Daily Reflections #essentialsofrecovery

SURRENDERING SELF-WILL

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to
the care of God as we understood Him.


TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 34


No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can
one turn his own will and his own life over to the care
of whatever God he thinks there is? In my search for
the answer to this question, I became aware of the
wisdom with which it was written: that this is a
two-part Step. I could see many times where I should
have died, or at least been injured, during my previous
style of living, and it never happened. Someone, or
something, was looking after me. I choose to believe
my life has always been in God’s care. He alone controls
the number of days I will be granted until physical
death. The matter of will (self-will or God’s will) is
the more difficult part of the Step for me. It is only
when I have experienced enough emotional pain, through
failed attempts to fix myself, that I become willing
to surrender to God’s will for my life. Surrender is
like the calm after the storm. When my will is in line
with God’s will for me, there is peace within.
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