"Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."
It would seem crazy to write a bunch about humility, wouldn't it? When the meeting topic used to be "humility" I would tell everyone that I had a series of tapes on the subject which I would be glad to sell and sign for them... ha ha.
In our beautiful big book, one of the most beautiful prayers is the Seventh Step prayer:
"My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me strength as I go out from here to do your bidding. Amen." (p.76)There can be no self-will in this step. We are giving our entire selves to God and asking Him to sort out what is meant to be there and what isn't.
I heard a man at a meeting use this analogy for the Seventh Step:
Someone asked Michelangelo how he sculpted the Pieta. To this, Michelangelo responded that he chipped away everything that didn't look like the Pieta, and he was left with the Pieta. The Pieta, one of the most beautiful works of art I have ever seen, was inside that rock all the time, it just needed Michelangelo to reveal it. (I got to see it at the World's Fair in New York City in 1965.)
This is probably a terrible analogy to a sculptor, but to me, it makes sense. I let God be my sculptor. He is able to take the huge bulky rock that was me, and chip away at the ugliness until there is a beautiful person revealed.
I cannot will it, but I can cooperate. And then I can be so grateful that I am not who I used to be. For this, I cannot take credit, but I can thank God. And I can express my gratitude forward by helping others, but that is another step.
Have a nice weekend everyone.