Do not say, “I will recompense evil”‘, wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
Greta was an angry woman who was addicted to food, money, and control-and her addictions were working together to make Greta miserable. How could she get rid of these insidious emotional leeches that seem to hang on so tightly? In her own power, she couldn’t! Step two of the Twelve Steps is: We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. This is a big step. Greta had to turn upward as she looked inward.
The oral tradition of this step breaks it into three parts that Greta learned to use every day. First, she ” came”, which means she reached a place in her life where she realized she was needy and the answer was not within herself. Next, she ” came to”; she faced the fact she could live a healthier life without the emotional crutches of her addictions. Finally, she “came to believe”-she accepted that she couldn’t do it by herself, but she could do it through God.
I remember when Greta prayed, “Lord, I can’t get over all my anger toward others and my shame about myself without your power. Give me the power today to have love and not hate for myself and others. Lord, help me to come to believe you are the strength I need to meet my trials for today. Amen”
Thought: I will “come to believe” today trusting that the Lord-not I myself-will save me.