God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things that I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Most people think it ends there, but there is actually more:
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 word as it is, not as I would have it,
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will,
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
But serenity is such an archaic word. What does it mean to be serene? So I looked it up. According to Webster, it is "clear and free from storms or unpleasant change; calm." Yeah, I need that. I need to be calm and clear in the midst of things I cannot change, for they are numerous. I need loads of courage to change the things I can, for they too are numerous. And as for the wisdom to know the difference - God promises me that if I ask him for wisdom, he'll give it to me. Someone once said, "It is God's grace that he doesn't confront me with all my sin at once." It is his grace that takes me to times like this to show me one more layer of things I can change to be more like him. And he is trustworthy! I can trust him to make all things right if I surrender to his will.
I have been reminded the last couple of days of Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you." I have spent much time seeking "all these things" and God just wants me to seek him. I cannot do anything about all these things. Only God can change the things outside of me. I have been praying that God would help me to hunger more for him, and he is! I feel so challenged to seek him, and let him take care of the rest. He'll do a better job with it than I would anyway!