God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Courage: When dwelling in serenity and motivate by love (engaging our will for what is best for the other person), we can say very difficult things in love in a kind, unpretentious way.
Wisdom: Living one's life in union with God, the good parts, the painful parts; knowing what to do when because you've been companioning with God and He will empower you to do His will if that is your desire.
These words by Jan Johnson expanded in my heart and mind how to live out this powerful prayer in a time of being discouraged, disheartened, sad and sick of heart. I love the rest of the prayer as well, which many people are not familiar with.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.