SEVENTH STEP GUIDE
“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.
What is your definition of humility?
In what ways have you attained a greater degree of humility?