If I was completely honest with you (yes, really), the last few weeks have carried with them many highs and lows. There has been no real reason for them, but I have been delving deeply into places, that are often swept under the carpet so that I can move forward into the new.
The dark night of the soul, is not something to be ashamed of I believe when we embrace it and learn from it we are able to step into our purpose with clarity.
Tonight as I was reflecting on some of the emotions that have bombarded me, I was reminded of a simple prayer that I told someone to pray everyday when they were going through a similar time.
I think it is now my turn.
This is the prayer that was made famous by Mother Teresa and I thought I would start a new series from it, going through it verse by verse, day by day. Its wisdom for my today is so timely.
It was written in the early 1900’s by Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
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.
To accept the things I cannot change…
Often the things I worry about the most are actually the things I cannot change.
I cannot change someones beliefs.
I cannot change the way someone feels about me.
I cannot go back and change a situation.
I cannot make someone include me when they don’t want to.
I can’t change the past.
I can’t take back words that have been spoken.
This is life.
The things that plague me, are often those thing that my thoughts and worries will never change.
What I can do though is ask God to grant me the serenity (the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.) to accept these things.
To accept them.
To accept people.
To accept the past.
To accept words that have been spoken.
To accept that some people don’t see me.
To accept that there are days that my motive will be misunderstood.
When we finally face those things in our days, that battle and wear us down, saying I cannot change these things and I will accept them.
I will not dwell on them.
I will forgive them.
I will look forward into the future.
I am thinking the days that I rely on God for these small victories, they will be fine days indeed.
These are the days I am bringing into my tomorrow.
Want to join me?
Let’s pray this prayer together each morning of this series through September.