Why It Won’t Always Help to Look for Peace Within Your Circumstance

Great post by Mike Foster on the Storyline Blog. Definitely worth the read.

As always, I would love hear your thoughts. Conversations are always a source of learning more about ourselves, our culture and each other!Source: Why It Won’t Always Help to Look for Peace Within Your Circumstance

Most people have heard of The Serenity Prayer. It goes like this:

“God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

What most people don’t know is that the prayer was written by Reinhold Niebuhr in 1937 and that there’s a second half to the prayer that is commonly left out.

It says, “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.”

We’ve been putting too much pressure on ourselves to be okay with change.

When our dog dies, we get laid off, our youngest child leaves for college, or we find out we have to move, we are not serene. We are not strong. We are flustered, confused, sad, and angry all at the same time.

Simply asking God for peace and strength during life change will not make us instantly cool with whatever comes our way.

We have to turn our prayers into perspective.

Like the second half of the Serenity Prayer, we have to see our small struggle as a part of a big story. This shift has to happen for God to do something different with our lives. There is something we have to learn today to understand tomorrow.

We cannot handle this change, but our God can.

To find contentment with change, don’t look for peace within the circumstance.

See your messy, beautiful life through the eyes of Christ.


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