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

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


Thank God for erasers and sanity of self-forgiveness!

April 15 is National Rubber Eraser Day, and together we celebrate the importance of the invention of erasers. In 1858, Hyman Lipman from the City of Brotherly Love added the eraser at the end of a pencil!

Since then countless mistakes have been erased away. Many missteps even created a rip in the notebook paper.

Same with the 12 Steps. We can make the decision to step up by erasing the mistakes of yesterdays and forgiving ourselves – one day at a time.

After all, when God threw our sins into the ocean, He also put up a “NO Fishing” sign.

Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! (Micah 7:19 NLT).