Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Original Manuscript Form: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care and direction of God as we understood Him.
Tradition 3 (Long Form): Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
* Is there some kind of alcoholic whom I privately do not want in my AA group?
* Do I set myself up as a judge of whether a newcomer is sincere or phony?
* Do I let language, religion (or lack of it), race, education, age, or other such things interfere with my carrying the message?
* Am I over impressed by a celebrity? By a doctor, a clergyman, and ex-convict? Or can I just treat this new member simply and naturally as one more sick human, like the rest of us?
* When someone turns up at AA needing information or help (even if he can’t ask for it aloud), does it really matter to me what he does for a living? Where he lives? What his domestic arrangements are? Whether he had been to AA before? What his other problems are?
Concept III: To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of A.A. —the Conference, the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs, committees, and executives—with a traditional “Right of Decision.”
* Do we understand what is meant by the “Right of Decision”? Do we grant it at all levels of service or do we “instruct”?
* Do we trust our trusted servants — G.S.R., D.C.M., area delegate, the Conference itself?