“Turn your life over to the care of God”

You don’t have to be some kind of religious flake in order to surrender your life to God. In fact, you don’t have to be religious at all! 

12 Step recovery is a spiritual program, not a religious one.  You do not need to have a ‘correct’ notion of God; your concept of a Higher Power will be sufficient. 

I am an addict.  And it was Step one that convinced me of that.  Try as I may, I just couldn’t shake the addiction.  I was powerless over it, and my life had become unmanageable.  In a word, I was “dysfunctional.” 

It was out of a sense of need that I reached out to a Higher Power for help.  

Belief wasn’t enough; acknowledging the presence of a Greater Being wasn’t going to cut it.  I had to exercise faith in this Supreme Force I called God. 

Faith always requires action.  In my case, I had to hand my life and my will over to the care of God.  (Notice it refers to the care of God.) 

So how do I turn my life over to the care of God?  How do I surrender? 

First of all, surrender is not passive.  It’s a decision to begin the work of recovery.  Getting sober is just the first step to recovery.  It merely kick-starts the recovery process.  

The ‘work’ of recovery is the steps:  Steps 4 through 12.  These steps require faith, and faith involves action.  And this action does not go unrewarded. 

Surrender places you in the care of God.  And that, my friend, is its own reward!