Step 6. We are entirely ready to have GOD remove all these defects of character. AA.org. This step states the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job. This does not mean that we expect all our character defects to be lifted out of us as the drive to drink was. A few of them may be, but with most of them we shall have to be content with patient improvement. The words “entirely ready” underline the fact that we want to aim at the very best we know or can learn.
– Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 65.
“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.” Isaiah 1:19.
As a rule, most defects of character involve some imbalance in the expression of and the experience of our most basic human needs. For example, ambition is not bad unless our experiences of this drive are imbalanced. If we are driven by ambition to the point of workaholism, this expression has become a defect we must address. Our sixth step prayers would not “Take away my ambition.” Rather, we might pray, “Channel my ambition into enhancing my private life as well as my work life.”
As we hold known defects of character up to God, we must avoid self-shaming and self-condemnation. The goal here is spiritual release, not spiritual self-punishment. For most of us, this process is ongoing. We will not be healed and sent forward immediately; rather, recovery will be a daily effort to evaluate, balance, and adjust the healthy expression of all of our God-given needs.
– Serenity, A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, p. 50-51.
Precious Lord Take My Hand Beginnings
While leading a Church Service, Reverend Thomas Dorsey received a telegram that his wife and baby both died during childbirth. Rev. Dorsey was gripped by despair. Within one week as he sat before a piano, a peaceful calm came over him as he started to play and sing.
Composer Reverend Thomas Dorsey the “Father of Gospel Music” Writes Precious Lord Take My Hand.
Precious Lord, Take my hand
– performed by Elvis Presley
Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, let me stand. I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m alone.
Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light. Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.