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The Big Twelve
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
Step 6
Step 7
Step 8
Step 9
Step 10
Step 11
Step 12
Step 7

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.



“We humbly asked god to remove our shortcomings.”


In the doing and living of Steps One and Two, a degree of humility, no matter how slight, was necessary when we admitted that we (the acquired false self) were powerless over alcohol/addiction, and came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity (the true inner self).  In Step Three, humility allowed us to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.  Without humility as our guide, the uncovering and discovering of our acquired character defects (Step Four) along with the admission of the exact nature of our wrongs to God, ourselves and another human being (Step Five), could not have been possible. 


In Step Six, we first made a detailed look at our acquired character defects and proceeded to become ready to have God remove them.  Step Seven is similar in nature.  Looking at the exact nature of our wrongs, which we are now aware of by having done Step Five thoroughly, should make us eager to be rid of our shortcomings.  The key to Step Seven is developing enough humility to ask Him to remove these shortcomings, without any reservations whatever.


The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.  This stem is where we make the change in our attitude which permits us, with humility, to begin the destruction of the acquired false self.  Humility is a part of the true inner self (God) which allows us to move from being self-centered to being self-less.  This then produces harmony with God and other people.  The basic ingredient of all humility is a desire to seek and do God’s will.  In order for us to be able to do God’s will, we humbly asked Him to remove our acquired shortcomings.


Since humility is the basic principle of each of the twelve steps, we might ask what is humility?  In the past, we associated humility with humiliation.  Certainly, each of us thought that being humble was a sign of weakness.  As we grow in the program, we come to recognize humility as being absolutely necessary to our survival.  Humility or the attainment of greater humility, no matter how little of it we may have now, is simply the growing awareness that ”of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works”.  Only by a deeper awareness that of myself I am nothing, can we truly (with genuine humility) ask Him to remove our shortcomings.


The purpose of writing the seventh step is to help us to become aware of our acquired shortcomings—the ones we must take action on.  In doing this, an attainment of a greater degree of humility will come if you are sick and tired of being controlled by the acquired false self.  Only through humility can the true inner self start to flow forth.


1.      What is your definition of humility?


2.      In what ways have you attained a greater degree of humility?


3.      In what ways has your attitude toward God changed since you began to work and live the steps on a daily basis.


4.      What does “of myself I am nothing, the father doeth the works” mean to you?


5.      Do you believe that the chief activator of the acquired character defects has been self-centered fear?  What are you doing to eliminate this acquired self-centered fear?


6.      What does “humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings” mean to you?


7.      How are you going to live Step Seven?


8.      Now, using the seventh step prayer as a guide, humbly ask him to remove your shortcomings!



Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.

Work the steps, call your sponsor, just don't take that first drink, call before you fall, if you don't think about it, you'll drink about it.