Welcome to the forum Mark! Great to have you here and equally great to read your participation! Many join -- but not many participate. And, I especially enjoy the participation of those that participate.
I could probably think of a few out-of-the norm thoughts about Step 7.
One thought I've had is: Step 6 is directly related to Step 7.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these
defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
I spent a lot of time and effort at trying to fix my character defects and I wasn't very successful at it. I had the view prior to taking the Steps that AA and the Steps were much like a "self-improvement program."
What I later discovered while taking the Steps is: that God, REALLY WILL REMOVE my character defects -- if and when I let Him.
What I love most about 6 & 7 is: the experience I had when I took them! After doing my 5th Step w/ my sponsor, not realizing that he had already read the book -- and had taken the Steps like I was going to take them, he gave me some instructions that I wrote down -- I was to go home, or some quiet place, and spend an hour thinking about what I had done that day. (The 5th Step experience) ... Then, after an hour, not longer than an hour and not shorter than an hour ... I was to take my book down from the shelf and..." (the full instructions are in the book for this).
I was so terrified about relapsing again -- that I wanted to follow his instructions PRECISELY ... so, since my book was "not on a shelf" ... and I didn't have a shelf to take it down from -- I panicked!
Oh crap! What am I going to do! I don't have a shelf to take my book down from -- and I can't build one or it will mess up "the hour" thing.
So, I put my book on top of my TV, and called my TV the shelf -- and asked God, "please forgive me God! I don't have a shelf! Please don't get mad at me for using the TV for the shelf -- I'm just trying to follow instructions precisely or else I'll get drunk again!"
I had that horrible feeling in my gut for the whole hour -- about the shelf, as I followed the rest of the instructions to the best of my ability.
Then, when I took my book off the shelf that I had improvided... following the written note... I turned to the page that my sponsor had had me start reading from!
Low & behold! Everything my sponsor had asked me to do and to write down in the note -- was right there in the Big Book!
I had never read the Big Book in my first attempt at AA sobriety! I had thought that "I was too smart to read that old book!"
I was so danged smart about it (on my first trip into AA) -- that I ended up starting to drink again at 5 1/2 months sober -- when I had been totally determined to NOT drink for two more weeks so that I could get my six month chip!
I had thought -- that I was self-improving! Getting better by my efforts -- without even asking for God's help and without even reading the instructions in the BB!
When I got to the Seventh Step Prayer -- in taking Step 7, by following the instructions IN the book -- it became one of the most wonderful experience that I've had in my whole life!
My obsession to drink had been removed at Step 7 -- but I didn't even know it at the time! I had a fear that I would drink again -- but no obsession to drink!
Later on -- in going back through the Steps, I realized that I had forgot to ask God to REMOVE MY FEAR!
You see -- my sponsor had not pointed that out to me as I took my 4th & 5th Step -- as the book instructs! So, I didn't do it then.
This is getting too long and I could write more... but I better end it here.