Thursday, September 17, 2015

Serenity Prayer

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.

Serenity is peacefulness, the opposite of panic. It involves resting in the goodness of God and that He knows best how to work in other peoples stubborn wills. It means waiting for the right time to do things, led by the Spirit, not reacting to "drama". Accent people as they are, don't try to change them or live in despair that they'll never change. The ability to do this comes from God, it is supernatural.

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. 

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