//“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”
So wrote pastor and theologian Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr, in what is known as the Serenity Prayer.
“God, grant me the serenity,” the quality or state of being calm and restful, so that I can accept the things I cannot change.
Much like a child needs to stop crying to take in the sustenance being offered by her mother,
I need to be calm… or is it that acceptance brings calm?
Acceptance of the fact that I cannot earn Your love, cannot make You love me more through my efforts because You already love me perfectly, with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV)
Accept that I am accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6, NKJV)
Accept that You are not angry with me. (Romans 5:6-9, VOICE)
Accept that You have no dark side. (1 John 1:5, NIV)
Accept that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. (Romans 8:35-39, PHILLIPS)
Accept that I have already been blessed by You with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians. 1:3, NIV)
Accept that I have died and my life, my true life is hidden with Christ In You, God. (Colossians 3:3, NKJV)
Accept that You have chosen me and will not cast me away. (Isaiah 41:9, NKJV)
You will not and have not forgotten me. (Isaiah 49:15-16, NKJV)
Abba, help me to accept that I cannot change these truths//
No matter how often I fail You.
For accepting that I cannot change them will move me from a place of constant striving and self-effort, to a place of rest.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.”
I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Accept.” The content outside of the // was written and the Scripture references and links added, after the 5 minutes window expired.