Principle V: Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
Submission isn’t something I come by easy. For as long as I can remember, I have had a problem with authority. Not so much as an adult now, but in my youth. So you can understand how difficult it was for me to submit to God and accept what He had planned for me. It meant I was taking my personal thoughts out of the equation and admitting I wasn’t in control of my own destiny.
Through my youth I was placed in failed attempts at boot camps, Big Brother programs, and more. My mother even called the cops on me several times to make sure I got scared straight. It didn’t work when I was a kid, as I continued to rebel and make worse and worse decisions, but it did form a thought flow for my adulthood. I have used those experiences for a better adulthood when I decided to go sober.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
There are times when we must submit to a high power. We must admit that we are not in control. Those experiences as a child and in early adulthood, I learned to be more accepting of a person when it came to God. I had to realize I was not in control and the ultimate power was up to God Himself. Although He gives us strength to get through trials, He is the ultimate decider.
This path was set well ahead of me realizing where my life was headed in the immediate future. God made those changes in me to bring me to this point in my life. A point of strength and perseverance, as I can see. Because of this realization, I was able to bring myself to a point where I could submit to God’s plans for me and ask Him to help me with the rest of the changes I am making in my life.
Through Him we are given strength to get us through character defects.