Dear Fellow Travelers,
Step Seven Essay
Once again into the breach rode the magnificent 400. Guns to the
right, guns to the left, still onward rode the 400.
Here and now we start yet another step that will lead us to victory, so
people may know that You may and will grant us serenity, should we but
ask, and are willing to allow You to remove our defects. Much like the
400 mentioned above we know the odds are very much against us, yet we
continue this journey. Here we humbly askYou to remove these defects of
character that drag us through life as drunken men, caring not for our
families, nor ourselves. Here then we not only know of our weakness and
failures, we have listed them and given them to You and another human
being. During steps four, five and six, we acknowledged who and what we are
and now we surrender all toYou, and only You may make the changes we now
Remember way back in step three when what we understood was not what we
read? So many thought that making the decision was indeed surrendering
to and giving You our will and our lives to do with as You would. Nope.
Not so. This step seven is the beginning of the end of our slavery to the
diseased mind of compulsive any and everything. This then is how we learn to become saints knowing that we will not become so. On page 76 of the AA BB is a prayer we might say now:
"My Creator, I am now willing that You should have all of me, good and
bad. I pray that You remove from me every single defect of character
which stands in the way of my being of usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me the strength as I go out from here to do Your bidding. Amen."
For those of you who are not ready to make this pact with your higher
power I suggest going over even if briefly steps 4, 5, and 6. We are at
the place where the promises of the program begin to come true. Now if
only lip service has been done by the reader and nothing happens, do not
blame the program. Look in the mirror and ask the face in the glass if
honesty has in fact been with you along the way. Have you decided that
some of these steps were and are optional, and a partial victory is better than none. My prayer is that not one person falls by the wayside, as we have come a long way to now be in seeing distance and feeling God's grace course through us. To know we
will still face life with all its ups and downs, births, illness, death and
so very many difficultes. We will know our rightful place in all things, God forever on call, and no matter what, a sense of well being and serenity.
Here we face the fact that unless we approach step seven as if it is
merely a continuation of step six - and the key to step seven is humility - we are powerless over our disease and over people, places, things and situations.
That only by humbly asking the God of our understanding to give us the
grace and strength to do the next right thing will we stand victorious
as our disease is cast aside. One day we will be able to see that some
degree of humility is in each step we take to be free of our compulsion
to overeat, drink, drug, gamble, well just about everything. We must become
teachable so we are ready when the teacher arrives. This then is where
we let go and begin to let God. Be prepared to have defects once removed
to sneak up and bite your butt. Chances are you have softened up in the
spiritual department and are receiving a wake-up call.
By now, if we have been thorough, a serenity will enter all our affairs,
and life in general will show a vast improvement. Long before we know it
the people around us begin to remark about the way we have changed. Then
one day we sink back into old harmful behaviors. Fear not! Just call on
your HP and give service to your fellows. Service to the program,
especially by sponsoring, is one of the best ways to keep that which has
been so freely given to us - Give it away or lose it. We will make
mistakes and pay for them, as that is the way of life. It matters not how
many times we fall but how many times we fail to get back up. This is
not an adventure for sissies but a long journey for the chosen few.
The rest of the trip is doing the next right thing.
Like a splinter which needs to be removed or tooth that needs to be
pulled, our defects must also be taken away. In some cases they served a
purpose but now must go as they stand in the way of our God-given right
to serenity. To those still plodding along may I say atta boy, keep on
keepin' on. Let me know your thoughts on step seven or whichever step
you are on. Humility orders me to admit I need you, all of you, much more than you need me. AND WHY NOT……….Danny