A thought for the day….

Alistair, one of the team from 3B’s contacted us recently to see how we all were.

He also provided the prayer below, with the background and thoughts to consider.

Thank you Alistair for taking the time to do this.

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.

First published in 1951, this has become a well known prayer. It is very short but it is packed full of challenging behaviours.

If you want to change anything then you may need lots of courage. Perhaps you can bring about change by simply asking someone a small request or a major alteration in your life might take years of struggle against opposition with no certainty of the outcome. So already this pretty little prayer is starting to look tough.

And what about accepting things I cannot change? That can prove even more difficult. As I get older parts of me stop working as well as they used to. I have to give up friends and mobility and possessions. It can be a challenge to lose these. But the prayer says that I must ACCEPT what IS. And be serene about it, accept changes willingly.

The prayer finishes by referring to the difference between the changes I can make and those I cannot make. Another way of looking at this is to consider what you are in control of. Spend a moment or so now and consider all the things in your life that you can control. You probably end up with quite a short list. We are only ever able to control our thoughts and perhaps our choices. We can control how we respond to circumstances; am I going to make a fuss about this or accept it with good grace and move on? If I cannot control something, then I cannot change it and then I should not waste a second of my life raging at it.

This prayer does not ask God to do something for us. It asks Him to help us. That is why it starts with God. Always a good beginning.