GOOD ORDERLY DIRECTION
It is when we try to make our will conform with God’s
that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this
was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had
been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard
our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it
into agreement with God’s intention for us. To make
this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.’s
Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens the door.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 40
All I have to do is look back at my past to see where
self-will has led me. I just don’t know what’s best for
me and I believe my Higher Power does. G.O.D., which I
define as “Good Orderly Direction,” has never let me
down, but I have let myself down quite often. Using my
self-will in a situation usually has the same result as
forcing the wrong piece into a jigsaw puzzle–exhaustion
and frustration. Step Three opens the door to the rest of the program.
When I ask God for guidance I know that whatever happens
is the best possible situation, things are exactly as
they are supposed to be, even if they aren’t what I want
or expect. God does for me what I cannot do for myself,
if I let Him.