"Made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understood him"
There are so many important words in the third step of the program. Decision, will, care, and God to name a few. Let's take a look at them. The decision part is very important. Many times in our lives we have thought about things but we never made a decision. Many AA/NA members tell us the decision is to go on with the rest of the steps.
The care part of the third step tells us that there is something out there that is going to look out for our best welfare. Whether that be God or the AA program as a whole it is a great start.
We were given free will as humans. This step does not say that our free will is taken away. What it is telling us is that our proper use of our free will is going to begin to change.
The third step, like all the others is crucial to us getting and staying sober. Ask your sponsor or another AA member if you are having a problem. They will tell you of their experience and how they did it. That is usually the best way of figuring out anything we are having trouble with.