This overview is short because it is simply making the commitment to turn my life over to God. God can sort out the details but too much of my life has been used in ineffectual attempts to handle everything myself. I will still make a valiant effort, of course, but when I am overwhelmed, stressed and anxious, scared, hurt and in pain, when I can see no solution myself, I will let go and let God.
To sum up Step 3 in one word, might be surrender, or release and as the first 2 steps involved, acceptance.
The “Big Book” suggested prayer is: “God, I offer myself to you – to build me and do with me as you will. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do your will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of your power, your love, and The Way of life. May I do your will always!”
This is a prayer of surrender of yourself and all your rights and belongings to God to do with as he pleases. Because God is smarter than us, and loves us more than we love ourselves, he will always do a better job running our lives than we can do for ourselves.
I have to share that I was quite pleased to learn that I could divorce the God of my childhood. I spent much of my adult life in anger over this subject. Today I may not have a clear picture of God, but that is okay. I know there is a power bigger than me at work in my life. I feel unconditional love around me. People come in and out of my life just when they are needed as I do the same for others. I do not feel controlled. I feel blessed. There is a huge difference. I may use the terms Universe or Cosmos to indicate the size of this power, but usually I just say ‘God’ because it is short.
When you hear me use the term ‘God’, do not think it is in reference to any religion, denomination or creed, because it is not. It simply represents the loving power helping me through my eclectic life. And I let go of things throughout each day as very little is in my control. Certainly I control nothing outside my hula hoop.