This is such a humbling and centering prayer about understanding what is beyond our power, distinguishing between what we can and cannot control, and, most importantly, surrendering to God’s Will. Many of us know the beginning, but the second half is just as powerful…
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.
When I read this prayer, I feel a flood of peace wash over me. It’s about realizing we have the power to choose, but God also holds the world in his hands. It’s about realizing that this world isn’t perfect, but that He will make all things right. It talks about living in the now, but knowing that whatever hardships or unhappiness we face are only leading us to everlasting life and happiness with Him. God, grant us the serenity.
Game Plan: When we are feeling weak, God wants us to turn to him and put our trust in him rather than trying to deal with it on our own. Surrender to God and pray the serenity prayer.