Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shepastor: “A Simple Yet Profound Prayer”

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.”
Said to be the prayer of the Alcoholics Anonymous, its message has blessed many for years. We must learn to make a clear distinction between what we can change and what we cannot change. We cannot change the circumstances of our birth. We cannot change the color of our skin. We cannot change our genetic make up. We cannot change other people. The items on that list are obvious.
Life, however, can throw a curve ball and confusion may set in regarding what can and cannot be changed. Real change can be very challenging and may appear impossible. That’s where courage is needed. At times it may even take courage to pray concerning how to make or bring about a change. It may seem easier just to assume it cannot be done. Is God calling you to be a change agent? Have you spent the necessary time in prayer to discern whether or not “the thing,” whatever it is can or should be changed? Have you asked the Lord if you are the one to bring about the change, or at least get the ball rolling?
If it seems as though the change is not yours to make, pray for the serenity to accept the situation. Before, however, you settle into that acceptance, be sure that you have asked the Lord for the wisdom to know the difference and the courage to get moving if acceptance is the wrong option.
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