Step 6 Worksheet

Step 6 – I become entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character.

  • Describe situations and events where you have been full of pride. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you?
  • Describe the kind of activities do you really enjoy (of course, NOT your addictive behavior).
  • What are some healthy eating or exercise habits that you could start?
  • What are some unhealthy eating habits that you could give up?
  • Describe some secret GOOD deeds that you have done or would like to do.
  • Describe situations and events where you have been greedy, overly needy or materialistic. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? Are you ready to give these attitudes over to the care of God?
  • Describe situations and events where you have given in to lust without regard for others or any morality. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? Are you ready to give these lustful feelings over to the power of God?
  • Describe situations and events where you have been dishonest. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? Are you ready to depend upon God to keep you from dishonesty?
  • Describe situations and events where you have given into excessive eating, drinking, shopping or covetousness. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? Are you ready to let God take control of these behaviors and attitudes?
  • Describe situations and events where you have been very envious or jealous of others. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? Are your ready to turn these situations over to God?
  • Describe situations and events where you have avoided responsibility for your actions or lack of actions. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? Are you ready to allow God to help you take responsibility for your actions?
  • List your major defects of character.
  • What do you plan to do when these major defects of character begin to become evident? List each defect individually along with the proposed preventative behavior and how you will allow God to help you in your battle against these defects.
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Step 6 – Attitudes and Actions

BIBLE READING:  PHILIPPIANS 3:12-14

Step Six – “We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

Getting entirely ready to have God remove “all” our defects of character sounds impossible.  In reality we know that such perfection is out of human reach.  This is another way of saying that we are going to do our best work toward a lifelong goal that no none ever reaches until eternity.

The apostle Paul expressed a similar thought: “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection!  But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be…Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven” (Phil. 3:12-14).step6

This combination of a positive attitude and energetic effort is part of the mystery of our cooperation with God.  Paul said:  “Be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.  For God is working in you, and giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him”.

We will need to practice these steps the rest of our life.  We don’t have to demand perfection of ourself; it is enough to keep moving ahead as best we can.  We can look forward to our rewards with the hope of becoming all that God intends us to be.  God will strengthen and encourage us as we do so.

Taking Daily Inventory Checklist

Your daily emotions, attitudes, and actions, both positive and negative, move you either further into recovery or back toward drinking/using or other self-defeating behavior.  Assessing your progress frequently is an important part of maintaining your commitment to change.  This exercise will help you identify risk factors and successes early.

Using a rating scale where 1 = low and 5 = high, score yourself daily on the following:

Moving further into recovery           Moving toward relapse

_____ Honest with self                 _____ Dishonest

_____ Honest with others            _____ Resentful

_____ Living for today                _____ Depressed

_____ Hopeful                            _____ Self-pitying

_____ Active                               _____ Critical of self/others

_____ Prompt                             _____ Procrastinating

_____ Relaxed                           _____ Impatient

_____ Responsible                    _____ Angry

_____ Confident                        _____ Indifferent

_____ Realistic                         _____ Guilty

_____ Reasonable                    _____ Anxious

_____ Forgiving                        _____ Ashamed

_____ Trusting of others           _____ Fearful

_____ Content with self            _____ Withdrawn

_____ Helpful to others             _____ Demanding