We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Growing up, we may have been led to believe that we just weren't "good enough." We probably tried to become "good enough" by doing, since we weren't acceptable just as we were. We need to be careful as we make a moral inventory not to replay in our own minds all the old lies about our lack of value as human beings. This is not the purpose of the inventory! Using it this way can be detrimental to our recovery.
We need to replace the misconceptions about our self-worth with the truth. David reflected on God's view of us when he wrote: "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!" (Psalm 139:13-18).
David's glimpse of the high value God places on our lives, even before we are born, shows that our value precedes doing. By faith we need to accept this foundational truth about our basic value as human beings. We must accept that our lives are worth the pain of working through recovery.
Aspects of God's perfect character are reflected in the lives of each and every person.