Admitting the reality of our weaknesses is the first and most important step on the journey toward change. Without it there can be little progress. This admission includes, as we have seen, facing up to our limited ability to change ourselves. Taking this step seldom comes easily. It requires great courage, humility, and honesty. And we will most likely have to take it more than once.
—Trevor Hudson, One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. . . . For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
—Romans 7:15, 18 (NIV)
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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