God's Power: Alcoholics Anonymous Step #3

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For many years, I didn’t consciously consult God when I made every-day choices in my life. I didn’t understand that each choice builds on every other choice, and therefore, each choice is important. Sometimes I made choices quickly and rashly, not thinking about the long-term consequences.

Other times, I procrastinated making choices until the last minute and then allowed other people or chaotic circumstances to dictate my choice. Once in a while, I was more wise, and I’d search the scriptures, ponder, and pray about my choices until I found complete peace.

I’ve always been touched by the obedient nature of Jesus when he spoke these humble words to our Heavenly Father, “. . . not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22: 42). Those few words gave me the desire to not be quite so headstrong and sometimes foolishly independent.

Several years ago, after reading the following quote by Brigham Young, I decided to start living my life differently: “My religion is to know the will of God and do it.” Now, I pray every day to know God’s will for me—and do my best to do it!


Step 3

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives
over to the care of God as we understood Him.

My Will & Life

There’s a choice I must make
At every new crossroad,
For I have to choose a path
And decide which way I’ll go.

Am I going to do it my way
Or am I going to do it God’s?
Am I going to just keep falling
Or am I going to grasp the iron rod?

The rod that lifts me from the darkness
And leaves behind the night,
As I turn my will and life to God
And come back into His Light.

There’s a choice I must make
At every new crossroad,
But when I choose to follow God
I’ll know the way to go.

Excerpt from “God’s Power: Embracing the 12 Steps.” I received permission from Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc (AA) to print the “12 Steps” in this collection of poetry.