“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
SINCE this Step so specifically concerns itself with humility, we should pause here to consider what humility is and what the practice of it can mean to us.
“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
“This is the Step that separates the men from the boys.” So declares a well-loved clergyman who happens to be one of A.A.’s greatest friends.
“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
ALL OF A.A.’s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos.
“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
CREATION gave us instincts for a purpose. Without them we wouldn’t be complete human beings. If men and women didn’t exert themselves …
“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.”
PRACTICING Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked.
Eighth: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Ninth: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.