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.
The serenity prayer is always my “go to” prayer when I’m lost. I love that prayer mostly because it covers your need of protection, guidance and understanding. At times, we’ve exhausted ourselves by trying to figure things out. We try to fix a situation by utilizing every resource except for our main source…God.
By accepting what you cannot change, you become aware of what it includes. You can’t change people or their opinion. You can’t change the weather and have no control over the storms in life. With God’s grace you can change yourself. You can change your attitude and perspective.
A very dear friend of mine was having some major challenges at work. Let me just say this…he hated his job. If I even asked the question, “how’s work?” he would go into a full rant about the latest issue, the people, and everything that was wrong with the place.
He spent months looking for another job…even had a few opportunities to come about. With all of his efforts it was never clear that he needed to leave his job. So he stuck it out, frustrated. One day, I asked him…is there anything I can do to help? He said just pray that I find something else really soon.
Well I prayed for him…asking God to guide him through this and order his steps. He also prayed, for another job. Then he asked God to grant him with the serenity to accept things he couldn’t change, courage to change the things he could, and wisdom to know the difference. As we continued to pray, God started revealing things to him.
He slacked down on complaining about the people. He started focusing on higher level projects that distracted him from office politics. He worried less about who wasn’t doing their part at work but instead he felt good knowing that he had done his best.
God didn’t change his job….he didn’t change his situation…he changed his perspective and his attitude. Now he has a fresh view, it’s clear to him that he must accept his coworkers for who they are. He knows that he must continue to make progress with a positive demeanor regarding his job remaining thankful for his position. And, he must seek God for continued guidance and wisdom.
That dear friend has a peace of mind regarding work. He isn’t settling, but he is at peace while waiting on God to show him what’s next. That dear friend is my husband. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers.
From my inspirational corner to yours, remember the power of prayer. Have an awesome day!
Remember, when someone is referring to YOU, that makes you HER, so make it important for HER to be GREAT because SHE is EVERYTHING