APRIL 10, 2024

One of my favorite prayers is the Serenity Prayer: When said in the present tense, it is even more powerful. God grants 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.

Most of our challenges in life are caused by not using this prayer enough. Think about it—when we accept things beyond our control, we don’t live with should and should not, regrets, resentments, and the belief that the world is against us—in other words, we are victims in life.

As difficult as acceptance can be at times, having the courage to change what we can is even more challenging. The prayer says we should pray for the courage to make changes; that is not easy because it involves changing ourselves. Too often, we want “them” or “it” to change, but what The Universe is really asking is for us to change.

Change can be a scary thing.  We become comfortable with how things are, and the fear of the unknown is often our greatest fear.  Why?  Maybe it is because we fear God will not give us what we want or that we will lose what we have.  Interestingly, we never consider that the unknown good of God’s will may be better than ours.  If God is a Loving God, why wouldn’t God want us to have a life even better than our current one?

The key to the Serenity Prayer is the wisdom part. How do we know what God wants for us? Are we in alignment with God’s will or not? For me, two things happen. One, I feel a tug at the core of my being, and two, familiar doors begin to close, and new ones slowly begin to crack open.

For some time, I have felt that God’s will for me differed from what I had been doing. But it is scary to step out into the unknown. The first fear that pops up is how I will earn a living.  However, I know that happiness is not based on what we have but on how we show up in the world. It is who we are, not what we have or do.  

I believe God’s will for me is for me to be of maximum service to God and others. That is who I am, not based on what I do. So, I am stepping out to take a road less traveled and pursue what I believe aligns with who I was created to be.  

I will continue these messages, expand to video messages, and begin doing more one-on-one spiritual counseling on a love-offering basis.  In other words, I am stepping out with the courage to change and grow in this final season of my life.

Quote of the Week

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”  

Viktor Frankl

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