Some of us, after we’ve taken the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and then the Seventh Step, sit back and simply wait for our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings. The Gamblers Anonymous Program reminds us of the story of St. Francis working in a beautiful garden. A passerby said, You must have prayed very hard to get such beautiful plants to grow. The good saint answered, Yes, I did. But every time I started to pray, I reached for the hoe. As soon as our wait is changed to dig, the promise of the Seventh Step begins to become reality.

Do I expect my Higher Power to do it all?

Today I Pray

May I not just pray and wait—for my Higher Power to do everything. Instead may I pray as I reach for the tools the Program gives me. May I ask now for guidance on how I can best use these precious tools.

Today I Will Remember

Pray and act.