In Search of Serenity
Date: 06.29.2008
Serenity is a mental disposition free from stress or emotion, a state of internal peace where there is absence of stress or anxiety. Remember the stormy night, sitting in a boat the disciples panicked, while Jesus was serene. Serenity is in want when we are called to engage actively in a fallen world with a fallen self. Reinhold Niebuhrís prayer for Serenity has been a good personal help to me. Try this out in the morning as you begin the day:

God grant me the Serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

When your morning seems to be crowded, remind yourself of the wisdom word from Prov 3:5-6:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.

May God help us to strive for serenity and enjoy the fullness of life that He has gifted us.

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