Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Spiritual Principle - Faith

We choose to let go of self-will.

What does this mean? It simply asks that we make a decision that involves giving up control of our lives and to hand it over to the God of our understanding. That's a scary concept -- to submit our lives over to some entity that we don't even know? But that's why the phrase "God as we understood God" is included. This implies that our understanding of God is an evolving matter. It continues to grow, provided that we work on our spirituality. Therefore our ability to trust in this Higher Power is related to our current understanding of God (or whatever you wish to call your Higher Power).

This step is not limited to online game addiction. In fact, all these steps are applicable to all aspects of our lives. But as a concrete example specific to online gaming, one can apply this step by making a decision to give up control of gaming and to trust that there is a higher being that is able to empower you to stop your addictive behavior and to remove your obssessive thoughts, as well. Taking this step basically calls you to give up your decision making with regard to whatever it is and to be willing to accept and carry out your understanding of God's will with regard to the matter at hand.

A prayer we can say is: God, I offer myself to Thee, to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!

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