This year we will add members' comments to the EA Trustees' thoughts on the monthly reflection. In the early 1950’s Twelve Steps groups began informally sharing what became known as the Principles of the 12 Steps, which will be our focus in 2018. Each Step has a corresponding Principle to keep in mind. The Principles are found in the It Works If You Work It book on pages 33-34.
The 12 Principles, Step 3: Faith
Below members share how FAITH factors into Step 3, "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him," for them.
Wikipedia defines faith as complete trust or confidence in someone or something When I am anxious or worried and start an emotional slip, I stop myself and turn things over to God. Thanks to the EA program, I recognize those times of trouble are when I am not really showing my faith and trust in God. It’s more than lip service. If I feel God is my co-pilot, it’s time for me to switch seats. EA slogans help me snap back to where I need to be: Let Go and Let God. There is a God and I’m not it...Irenie
Faith....I thought I had faith. I had a belief in a Power greater than myself but not a faith that my Higher Power was in control. I was still trying to do things my way and wondering why my reactions were the same. This month I had a rude awakening and finally said enough! This was after I contemplated giving up on myself and succumbing to the life of isolation and fear again. I turned to my Higher Power, God, and I asked for help, for His will in my life and for His forgiveness. I knew I could not do this without God. Now, I turn to my Higher Power for relief and guidance on dealing with my emotions. I turn my life and my will over to the care of God and trust the outcome...Denise
The principle of “faith” is very important to me in the working of my program. When I have faith in something, I put some action into this something. With a person and with my Higher Power, having faith in them means I am connected to them in a significant way – relying on – this someone. As the principle associated with Step 3, faith is very appropriately chosen. In working my program of recovery, I get to show that my Higher Power is strengthening me so that I can keep growing in my recovery. This shows up in actions that help me be seeking to be balanced and whole in thinking, with my emotions, and in my relationships with others. The “making a decision” part of step 3 only matters if my faith in my Higher Power shows up in the action I take to practice these principles in all my affairs. EA is great in its approach to living because the program reminds me that I am totally responsible for my life - and my Higher Power and this program is something that I can firmly put faith in in order to achieve serenity...Scott
I am grateful that I found a loving Higher Power in Step 3, my faith has deepened by continuing with all the rest of the Steps. My faith continues to grow as I review my Steps and live the Steps in my life to the best of my daily ability. Today when I look at my life, I can hardly believe all the things I made it through. I know I was not alone and I know many miracles helped me through the years. So it is good to remember all the miracles I have had as that just strengthens my faith even more...Connie
If you would like to submit your reflection for publication consideration, email it to email@example.com by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Please keep your submissions to 100 words.