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Step 6

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    So what if you face a defect of character that you’re not willing to give up? I hear we can’t wish these away anymore than alcohol. So no choice.

    Have you never stayed on Step 6 until you were “willing” to have God remove it?

    God has taken me to better things, no doubt. He’s literally removed some bad stuff from me, but not all. Is it possible that I’m not willing or that God doesn’t remove some stuff just yet?



    pray for the willingness is all I have to do,God provides the willingness since I cannot or will not
    like step 8,made a list and became willing to make amends,if we haven`t the will we ask untill it comes
    God provides plenty of willingness for us if we just ask for it…but it appears to come on His time,not mine
    willingness,not normally our own,is another gift from God

    @McGowdog 2185296 wrote:

    Admittedly, the BB doesn’t say a bunch about Step 6.

    Looking back at my experience with this step, I believe it’s where I followed instructions and literally put the book on a shelf somewhere, which I never do normally, then take it down and contemplate the first 5 proposals and see how my work is so far. Are the stones properly in place? Have I mixed mortar without sand? I understand that to be… one part problem (my 1st step) with one part solution (God), then the foundation… my past experience and why I came to AA… my bottom and surrender, if you will, and willingness to believe that God can and will for me, the Cornerstone… which I believe is this willingness, the 3rd step decision or Keystone, for we’re building a triumphant Arch to which we pass to Freedom…

    I believe the 12×12 talks about how this is the step that separates the Men from the Boys.

    So I’ve looked at things that perhaps I’m unwilling to give up. I’ve put smoking and chewing Copenhagen in there. I’ve been anger in there… Then I arise with willingness to ask God to remove them…

    Pray for the willingness… I’m not real big on that? Anybody got experience with that?



    Right, and a gift is a gift. We can’t control a gift. It comes when it comes.

    I guess there are times when we receive the willingness and it doesn’t even dawn on us until later. I’ve had that happen.

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