The Fourth Step asks us to make a “searching” and “fearless” moral inventory. Both these adjectives are well chosen and deserve careful thought. On the one hand, we must carefully search out all the facts about our lives. When we make our list of assets and liabilities, we would do well to make thoroughness our checkpoint. On the other hand, we must also be fearless.It can sometimes be a bit scary to face ourselves with total honesty.
—Trevor Hudson, One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2007)
Why do you think it is so hard to take an honest look at ourselves? Join the conversation.
Let us test and examine our ways
and return to the Lord.
—Lamentations 3:40 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, I admit that I cannot live life on my own power. I trust that you love me and want what is best for me. Please help me each day to seek your guidance, to love other people, and to live in a way that pleases you. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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