God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. 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; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
I ran across this prayer today. It was my Grandmother’s (Ruth) favorite prayer. I can still hear her saying it in my head even though it’s been ten years since she’s graced this earth. I think that most of us know those first few lines. It’s the rest of the prayer that really challenges me – the part we never seem to get to. It forces the questions:
Do I trust God? yes . . . but every moment? no, but I want to
Why wouldn’t I? perhaps I’m scared. maybe I like the false sense of control. there really isn’t any reason I shouldn’t trust Him. He’s proven Himself over and over from the beginning of time throughout the ages.
Do I enjoy this life God gave me? i am a half-glass-full kind of person but I don’t think I “seize the day” everyday. i want to live that life of liberty in ways that my mind hasn’t even wrapped itself around yet.
Have I surrendered my will to His? yes – undeniably i accept the call that God has placed on my life – but i know that He is calling me to surrender every little iota – i want to – but what does that look like?