“God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things that I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things that I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.”—Reinhold Niebuhr
The year is coming to an end. There have been successes, losses and failures—there isn’t any one individual who hasn’t experienced all three of these at one time. At this point in the year, there are basically two categories of people. There are those who are disappointed with the way things turned out, and there are those who are elated with the progress they’ve made. No matter which group you belong to, I invite you to do these three things before the year runs out:
Be Thankful. Take stock of everything that has happened—the good, bad, and ugly—and acknowledge each for what they are, and the role you played. Forgive yourself where you went wrong and made mistakes. This will allow you the peace to be thankful for the successes that happened along the way, whether little or trivial. It will also lean you towards focusing on what’s important. In the spirit of thankfulness, you will better understand what worked and what didn’t, and this understanding will help you decide what to cut out of your life, and what to keep, build or rebuild.
Do Not Worry. Taking honest stock of your activities this year will candidly expose to you your failures and shortcomings, and so may lead you to a place of discouragement. Remember, however, that the point of this exercise is to help you move forward and not sink farther into despair. As the quote at the beginning of this article says, there are some things that you cannot change or even control. But there are also those that you can. For those that you cannot, seek God’s peace (serenity) that surpasses all understanding and allow it to comfort and heal you; for those that you can, seek God’s wisdom to direct you, and therefore acquire courage to go ahead and do so. The way to acquire courage is to cast away fear and shame and replace it with faith in God and His Word.
Trust God. In the spirit of thankfulness and obedience to God to no longer worry, take God at His Word and trust Him to fulfill His promises. Trust God to guide you, and to lead you to a place of peace and true success. For a faith-booster, remember Isaiah 30:21:
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
In all these things, NEVER lose hope. Never stop loving, and have faith that tomorrow will be brighter. Despite the failures or successes, the ups and downs, receive the serenity of God to heal, the courage to be the person God has called you to be, and the wisdom to know what to do and what to leave alone.
God bless you! Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
The article, My Serenity, Courage & Wisdom first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).
About this Contributor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2016, Miranda was honored to be one of 500 book reviewers across the world invited to help launch Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken.
When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, and her journey as an author, you can follow her author website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.