Mon., Jan. 21, 2019
Ephesians 4:2 – Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love,
Anyone struggling with not keeping up with the goals you have for yourself?
And then, I ran across this saying:
You maybe familiar with the Serenity Prayer. It goes like this:
God grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
It’s a common prayer used in recover and 12-step programs. But this isn’t the only place it can be helpful. I think it’s a great reminder for daily living. It’s OK to acknowledge there are things we can and cannot affect and change. And it’s OK to be able to identify between the difference.
I also like this alternative version because it reminds me that I don’t have to be perfect. Some days, I feel like I am able to be more gracious with myself. Other days, not so much. On those days I’m not very gracious, it’s easy to focus on everything that I could have done better. I could have eaten better, made more time for exercise, checked more things off of my to-do list, wasted less time, focused on the most important things first … the list goes on and on.
Maybe, some days, it’s OK to not be at the top of your game. It’s acceptable to take life a little slower and enjoy moments.
So, if you are one of those people who isn’t very gracious with yourself, read these words carefully. Maybe even speak them aloud, as a prayer. Not only say them; believe them.
I’m a beloved child of God.
I am enough for today.
Grant me the grace I need right now.
Help me see my value and worth through God’s eyes and not just my own.
May I know God loves me, just as I am.
For accepting grace for myself, I am grateful.
Holy God – sometimes, it’s just easier to see our faults than recognize the good things we’ve done. Help us be gracious with ourselves. May we know that you love us just the way we are. Amen.
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