‘Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand him’
There it is, the big “G” word. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone saying, I can’t do step three because I don’t believe in God I would be a very wealthy man. The fact of the matter is this, I have tried everything under the sun to get clean without God. I’ve tried believing in nature as evidence of God. I’ve tried viewing the fellowship and my sponsor as a power greater than myself. I’ve tried just drinking, I’ve tried just smoking weed. Recovery eluded me all those years because I was missing out on the main message of step 3. When it comes to nature, how am I meant to hand my will and life over to a tree or a mountain ?
When it comes to the group or my sponsor, am i meant to hand my will over to a group of others just like me ? Or to a man who is fallible and inconsistent ?
When I realized these key factors I had to look for a real strength.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to believe in Jesus, Buddah, Allah or Hashem to name a few. But there does need to be a REAL power.
For me I look at what I want in a father, strong, fair, loving, compassionate and most of all forgiving. My idea of God is of a spirit that cannot be wrong, that is all powerful and that is forever.
A connection with that power is what truely holds me today. If I’m handing my will and life over to something as powerful and majestic as God, I’m in good company.