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 hardship 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. Amen.
Attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr
I’m a pretty big fan of the first portion of this prayer, but after that… not so much.
“Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace”?
I’ve accepted God as the pathway to peace.
“Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.”?
First of all, I never want to just accept the fact that the world is sinful… I want to work toward correcting it, starting with my own sins. And furthermore… that almost sounds like he is saying that the world somehow made itself sinful… ‘I’ am the one that made it sinful.
“Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will”?
It is my understanding that the words “Our Father” were designed to establish the fact that the relationship between God & man should be a Loving one, like parent & child… not a cold, harsh one, like slave & master. I will not surrender & bow down to my master! I will rise up & stand tall beside my Father!
“That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next”?
I don’t believe, not for one second, that God wants us to be ‘reasonably’ happy… I think He wants His Perfect Kingdom of Peace, to come & His Perfect Will of Love, to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. In my mind, that is pretty clearly stated… Heaven on earth! Not this ‘reasonably’ happy, menial, existence that we must drag ourselves through to get to the other side. In fact, it is my belief that I will not get to the other side until I have learned how to be supremely happy here first.
So I ask you this… did God just open my eyes to the fallacy of this poetic but somewhat skewed prayer? Or have I just grossly over analyzed this & I should simply accept it & surrender?
Have a great day everybody!