In the serenity prayer one asks for wisdom of knowing when to change things and when to accept.
There is certainly a time to change things.
Review of life is necessary for growth.
The principals of See, Judge, Act are vital for growth in one’s personal life as well as in the life of the church and indeed of all human societies. Reflection and action take courage. It also takes effort and work to bring about change. We need to overcome inertia and we need to take risks if we are to avoid stagnation and if we desire to live full lives.
Jesus himself reminded us that unless a grain of wheat dies it will not bear fruit.
However, being truly present to each moment, accepting my reality is also part of one’s growth.
There is a time to embrace my shadows.
There is a time to accept peacefully what I cannot change.
There are things, sometimes painful things, that have happened which I cannot change.
It makes it easier to accept what I cannot change when I know that there is a loving God who wants to turn everything to good for us.
Jesus himself struggled with his coming passion and death.
We are told that he ‘learnt obedience through suffering’.
To obey is to listen. He continued to trust despite the challenges that he faced.
Lord grant me a discerning Spirit so that I can know when to act and how to act.
Help me to see and to accept reality as it is.
Help me to accept what I cannot change.
Lord give me courage!