Finding Serenity

Gratitude Day 262

Mon., Apr. 29, 2019

1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.

Serenity Prayer

It’s the second most popular Christian prayer; right after the Lord’s Prayer. It’s the Serenity Prayer.

Written by psychologist-theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in 1943, the original version was longer. Most often, it is used in it’s shortened version. Here’s the longer original version:

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

Niebuhr was a professor. He spoke against Nazism and the United States having a neutral position during World War 2. He also warned against communism.

Reinhold_niebuhr

The Serenity Prayer maybe most known for its use in the Alcoholics Anonymous organization. Traditionally, it is used to close every AA meeting.

This prayer can be used in more situations than this. My Mom had this plaque in her kitchen for years as a reminder that things will happen today that you cannot control. It is best to recognize quickly what you can control … and what you cannot.

As you go through today and come across situations, determine whether you can or cannot affect them. And the wisdom to know the difference. Most importantly, may you find peace in the process.

Serenity Prayer

For daily wisdom from God, I am grateful.

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. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 199 – Serenity

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?

Me too.

And then, I ran across this saying:

other serenity prayer

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.

Blessings –

Dianne

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