We Humbly Asked Our Higher Power to Remove Our Shortcomings


Thought for today:

How humiliating it can feel to be an active compulsive debtor, suffering ejection from family, creditors, and even jobs who conduct background checks!  The only ones who want to talk with us (it seems) are the debt collectors who keep calling.

Step Seven asks us to actively seek humility, as something of value.  No longer is lowering ourselves something to be ashamed of.  We are right-sizing our sense of self.

Once again we turn to our Higher Power for help.  This time, we humbly ask for the things standing in the way of our usefulness to be taken away.  Only with these character defects (shortcomings) removed can we begin to reconstruct our life and heal our relationship to the world around us.

A member shares:

“I’m addicted to being indebted.  It feels humiliating to say that.

“When I came to DA I knew I didn’t want to live that way any more.  I wanted to be able to live a ‘normal’ life without worrying about debt, bounced checks, and all the rest this disease has to offer.

“The fellowship taught me to actively seek humility as the antidote.  Doing this would help set my attitude in a good direction.

“I asked my Higher Power to humbly remove my shortcomings.  I don’t regret it.”

DA Step 7:

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


If we are serious about Step Seven we are able to let go of the clutter in our recovery.  Healing begins when we put down self-destructive behaviors and live life without them.


Have I asked my Higher Power to take away my difficulties?

Meditation for today:

Letting go of a habit comes easier when we take on a new habit.  DA meetings can replace shopping.  Tracking our expenses can replace debting.  Using the phone can replace worrying about creditor calls.

Affirmation for today:

“Today I will move a muscle and change a thought.”

Recommended reading: 

DA’s Eighth Tool is D.A. and A.A. Literature: “We study the literature of Debtors Anonymous and of Alcoholics Anonymous to strengthen our understanding of compulsive disease and of recovery from compulsive debting.”

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

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