Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves!

Step 4 means just that! It’s up to me to take a careful personal inventory of my own character assets, and not anyone else. No more hiding, no more shame, no more blame just an honest evaluation of my shortcomings.

The “Moral” part of the inventory search reminds me to focus on principles of right and wrong.

The “Moral” part means searching my standards for acceptable codependent behaviors by staying within my boundaries and not trying to control or judge what others think or do.

That means when I Step into the 5th step I am ready to admit to God and myself the exact nature of my wrongs. Not looking for perfection, but trusting with prayer and practice, I will be ready to have God remove my defects of character – one day at a time.

For me, it’s a day-by-day life-long process of letting go and letting God. That is my Recovery plan for this National Recovery month, one day at a time. What is your recovery plan from substance, behavioral, or relationship abuse issues? Believe in yourself. You can do it, one day at a time.

Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust (Proverbs 4:25-27 MSG).