Alcoholics Anonymous Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
The third step is also a lot more complex than one might think. Typically it takes a few months before you are truly ready to achieve this step. Although, almost every alcoholic that has joined Alcoholics Anonymous believes they have finished this step the first day they tried to follow the program. You have to REALLY accept the first two steps before you can honestly work this step.
If the alcoholic hasn't admitted they are powerless over alcohol, and their life has become unmanageable, If they haven't truly come to believe that God could restore us to sanity, then how in the world is the alcoholic going to “make a decision to turn their will and lives over to the care of God"?
This step is specifically about making an honest decision. With an honest decision there has to also be a commitment to make an effort to achieve that goal.
This is kind of like when you make a new year's resolution to go on a diet and 3 weeks later you have gained 5 pounds. Step 3 is not about making some half assed decision about something. You either do it or you don't. If you really make an honest decision to lose 10 pounds, you are also making a commitment to do what it takes to lose those 10 pounds. If that is truly the case and you made an honest decision to lose the weight and you made a honest commitment to lose the weight, then you will undoubtedly lose the 10 pounds. If you don't lose the weight, then you really didn't make an honest decision to do so, did you?
In Step 2, we came to believe that a Power greater then ourselves could restore us to sanity. Now it's time to allow God to do so.
We need to start understanding that it is “God's will", and not “our will" that we need to live by. We tried it our way, and it didn't work out too well, now it's time to try God's way.
If the alcoholic has given the first 2 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous an honest effort, then they should be ready to turn their life over to God. When the alcoholic was managing his own life, he didn't do a very good job of it. Now it's time to turn it over to the Pro.
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Bill Alexander, Jr. is a recovering alcoholic who was fortunate enough to turn his life around. He has worked as an instructor, manager, and Director of Operations of a prominent Alcohol and Drug Rehab for three years. Bill is currently working on an alcohol rehab directory to assist those who are looking for information on how to find an alcohol or drug rehab or information on alcohol and drug addiction.