I thought I had always believed in a Higher Power. I had been raised in a religious home and went to church every Sunday. I had attended twelve years of religious school. Since I prayed every day, when it came to the Second Step, I did not have any trouble believing that a Higher Power could restore me to sanity. The Third Step should have been easy, but I found out that my old way of praying was not working. My prayers were long “want lists,” always asking to please change the addict or other things in my life. When I concentrated on Step Three, I realized that there was no bargaining and no taking back of my problems. I had to turn over my will to my Higher Power. I had to accept that what was happening in my life was my Higher Power’s will. I found that the Serenity Prayer helped me as well as another prayer that described Step Three for me: “Guide my every thought and may these thoughts guide all my actions.”

Thought for Today: Each morning I pray to my Higher Power. This reminds me that I have made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of my Higher Power who I believe knows what I need.

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” ~ Martin Luther