Principle I: Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
Human nature tends to result in thinking we are much better and bigger than we actually are. I have found myself thinking about how I can possibly run my life my way without any outside help. Placing others aside and God on the back burner. Most recently a few months ago when I thought I was doing great in my sobriety and didn’t really need to enlist outside help. Boy, was I wrong! Not to mention, God really isn’t “outside” help, as He is so intertwined with our very being, that he can’t be separated like that.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
The first thing we need to realize, our problems and out lives are no where near bigger than God. We also must understand that we are not God. The basic understanding, that is arguably the foundation of virtually everything, that we are not in control of our own lives path is the first thing we must all realize in situations of challenge. Giving up ourselves to God an acknowledging the power He has over, and for, us is the first step to living a life free of alcohol abuse and live a life in recovery.
Realizing that we don’t have the power is a freeing experience. We don’t bear the burden of controlling everything. That is all in God’s hands. We just have to move forward with newfound clarity and perspective and bring our troubles, worries, afflictions, and concerns to God. In time, and His own way, He will lead us to and through them.