Many of us are familiar with the prayer known as the ‘Serenity Prayer’ (written by the great Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
How much would our lives reflect peace and contentment if we could just get this right? I mean… look at it… if we could accept the things in life that we cannot change (instead of responding with anger, worry, anxiety, and senseless actions) how much more would we be able to ‘let it go’ and ‘move on’. Also, if we could courageously change (instead of procrastinating, making excuses, and living with unacceptable junk) how much more would we be able to move forward with health and confidence and determination.
I invite everyone reading to copy this prayer and carry it everywhere. In fact, I invite everyone to close their eyes and pray this prayer right now.
There are so many things in life that we can buy… but serenity is NOT one of them. It takes a step of faith… to trust that if it can’t be changed… it can be lived with, or that if it CAN be changed… we can tough it out and get to the other side.
God will be there when we take this step of faith (from Philippians 4:6-7):
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.