Steps 10 & 11: Seek His Will and Do It

This article is part of a series of articles about the 12-step program.  For more information, read “The 12-Step Recovery Program.”

Each step of the 12-step program and its corresponding principles should be practiced continually on your road to recovery. The principles in each step build on the previous and prepare you to be emotionally, physically, and mentally restored. Steps 10 and 11 are continuations of previous steps.

10. Continue to take personal inventory. When you are wrong, promptly admit it.

In step 4, you made a written personal inventory. You practiced complete honesty as you made your list. The same principle applies to step 10. You may choose to make a written list again, or as with steps 4 and 5, you may confide in a friend, professional, or loved one about your successes and failures in breaking your addiction. Do what works for you.

Measuring yourself against your goals helps you see what improvements can be made. By this point, with the help of family, friends, and others, you have made it so far. But you will still have temptations. Maintain your new lifestyle, remember your goals, and promptly fix your wrongdoings.

What makes this step different from the others is the instruction to immediately admit when you are wrong. This step helps you remember to continually practice all the steps of the recovery program. Implement the principles of honesty, grace, diligence, faith, and courage every day.

11. Seek through prayer and meditation to know the Lord’s will and to have power to carry it out.

Have faith in the Lord’s will. Pursue courage to do it. Seek grace to carry it out.

Remember the example of Peter from steps 1-3. When Christ, while walking on water, said, “Come,” Peter had courage to step onto the tumultuous sea. As he sank in a moment of doubt, he sought the enabling power of God, and cried, “Lord, save me!”

You, like Peter, can be saved through seeking and following God’s will. You won’t step out on stormy waves, but, rather, you will seek His will through prayer and meditation.

Take time to quietly ponder and pray to God. M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke on addiction and seeking God’s grace, His enabling power, to heal us: “There is hope because God loves all of His children and because the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ makes all things possible” (“O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One” Ensign, Nov. 2010).

Have hope. God loves you and will help you on your road to recovery.

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