Recovery Principle 7: Humility
What is required of you for God to remove your defects of character and highlight your unique talents? Recovery Principle 7: Humility – “We humbly asked Him to remove our defects and heal our hurts”. We asked whom? God. No longer dependent on the devices of this earth to provide this transformation. For some of you, the act of letting God do for you what you could not do for yourself may becoming familiar. You are beginning to experience true freedom and want more. We asked how? Humbly.
Humility is the absence of false pride. It is not arrogant nor aggressive and has a clear and concise understanding of what you are, your humanness, followed by a sincere desire to become what you can be. Humility provides the change from self-centered, insecure and controlling to having a healthy awareness and use of your strengths.
The reason humility is required for the continuation of your recovery is because you MUST become willing to try another way other than your own. Humility provides that pliability. It was your way which resulted in the insanity and unmanageability of your life and only served to exacerbate your fears, hurts and hang ups. Out of the dereliction of your past evolved a deep-seated self-centeredness in which you over-personalized much of what you experienced. You saw yourself above others, and the rules and laws of society and when you did not get what you wanted when you wanted it, you would rely on manipulation, deceit and control to get what you thought was most important to you at the time. Chasing self gratifying pleasures at all costs, risking finances, health, safety of yourself and others and complete loss of integrity. The antithesis of humility is what you had become and you needed more and more of your ‘drug of choice” to cope with and survive each day. The miracle of Recovery Principle 7: Humility is that you are now serving something other than and greater than yourself.
Humility says, “I have tried it my way and it did not work. I am tired and done living this way. My God, I will do it your way. And this time, my Lord, I am determined to stay out of your way”.
Coming to understand the exact nature and dynamics of your wrongs and learning the assets God has blessed you with, that’s power, that’s recovery! When you: get honest (Recovery Principle 1) in recognizing your powerlessness; begin to experience hope (Recovery Principle 2) in coming to believe that a Power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity; and make a decision to turn your will and life over to the care of God, faith (Recovery Principle 3), then the seed of truth and love, the seed of God, can be “planted” in your heart. This seed is nurtured through your daily walk with God and grows a “tree” which extends far beyond and casts a shadow on your “tree of darkness”. Real life change!
It is up to God when and how He removes the defects and when and how He begins to use your assets for His Glory. You have a specific purpose and design in His plan for you. The more you allow for God to reveal this plan, the more clarity you have of what your life is to be and what it’s not. In the past, your false and very temporary identity came from the ways you masked your insecurities and past hurts. Your identity now comes from what God’s purpose is and only that. This means you no longer have to be everything to everybody. And you no longer have to try to be great at everything but only be great at what He created you for.
How can you know God’s will for you? By honoring and obeying Him, by being pleasing to Him in all you do and by refusing to be influenced by societal pleasures. As you replace your old ways of thinking and adopt an entirely new perspective you’ll begin to recognize God’s will for you. You’ll find it easier to hear his voice in a variety of situations. God may not dictate the details of your life (such as what color clothes to wear or which toothpaste to use) but He has given you Spiritual Principles for everyday decisions.
Humility means you realize it is no longer up to you and you come to trust in God to be your provider. The only hope you have for your restoration is by inviting God in and then humbly getting out of His Way.
Recovery Principle 7: Humility, prayer – “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you. I repent of my old ways and I pray for your forgiveness. Grant me humility, wisdom and courage as I go out from here, to be your vessel. Amen.”
It has to be prayed for and then patiently waited and practiced upon. Allow yourself to meditate on this so that it comes to resonate within you.
Join me next time for Recovery Principle 8: Forgiveness.