Step One: We admitted we were powerless over the effects of our separation from God -- that our lives had become unmanageable.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
— Romans 7:18
Powerless: In step One we discover that recovery begins with an admission that we are powerless. We admit that we do not have the power to live life as God intends.
Unmanageable: We have tried to manage our lives and the lives of others. However, our management has always met with failure. In Step One we admit that we cannot control or manage our lives any longer.
Dysfunction: If something is functioning normally, we understand that it is running the way it is supposed to run. However, dysfunction implies that the function is “impaired” or “abnormal” The Greek prefix dys implies “unlucky” or “dangerous”. Those of us in recovery understand all too well that our lives have fit these descriptions. We have not been living life as God intended. The functioning of our lives has been ill, bad, unlucky, and even dangerous. Our live have been dysfunctional.