That’s the question, isn’t it?
You probably pray the Serenity prayer, don’t you?
“Grant me the serenity [peace] to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”
It’s a powerful prayer. You long ago memorized it. I pray it most days — often several times. But it’s not an easy prayer to pray. Well, not for me at least. Can I accept things I can’t change? How do I make peace way down in my spirit, deep down in my soul, with those things for which change seems impossible, or at least so incremental, so seemingly imperceptible as to barely be realized?
It’s a hard prayer for me to pray because there seems to be so much randomness in the world. Because I look at my own tiny place on the planet and some things don’t change — like me. Sometimes I don’t have much hope that they will. That’s at least how it feels. Not every every single second, not even every hour, but enough of the time for me to be writing about it. 🙂
Look at your own family. Are there changes being made you want after all these years? Maybe yes, and probably no. And not just changes in them, but changes in you. Your family members know your weaknesses as well as you know there’s. You may sigh, wondering why they don’t change, doubting they ever will. And well, they wonder why you don’t change after all these years.
We are a new creation. The old is gone. The new is here. I am a new creation. I really believe that. So today this new creation is handing God his doubts … piles of them, sacrificing them to my good Father, asking him to take them and to replace them with a dose of indomitable joy — a big dose.
You want to join me, friends, asking in faith that this will indeed really happen? It’s a big ask. Let’s go for it.