The Serenity Prayer is simple – God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Many times we spend ourselves in worry, fear or anxiety, when God is behind the scenes of our lives and making things work out together for our good. No need for worries, they are advance payments on problems we may never own, no need for fear, they are false evidences appearing real, no need for anxiety, we are meant to be anxious about nothing – instead of anxiety pray.
The peace of God is designed to be the umpire in our hearts, helping us decide what to do per time. Joseph understood this principle and put it to good use.
1. In the Pit, trust God. When you are in a place in your life where what happens next is not dependent on you, learn to trust God. In the places where we have no influence, our only option is to depend completely on God. Stop acting like you are in charge when you are not, let go and let God.
2. In Slavery, work hard and trust God. Sometimes you realize that the highest you can be is still a higher slave. You realize that where you are is not your dream, but you need to learn to know that the dream is the God and the journey is God’s. You need to realize that if you are faithful in the little, more will come!
3. In Prison, don’t’ stop trusting God. Keep your eyes on what you can do, not what you can’t do! Many people spend their lives lamenting their states, their limitations and their lack of capacity. Take your eyes off how your cup is empty and place your mind on how it’s half filled. There is nowhere you are, that Jesus hasn’t been, he can reach out to you anywhere to set things right. Learn to trust God completely at every stage of your journey.
4. See the future, but keep your eyes on the now. Learn to be cool, calm collected and peaceful. No need for hurry, those that believe don’t make haste. Your head can be in the clouds, but your feet need to be on the ground. Be patient, don’t wait for God, wait on Him. Be active today on whatever you find to do, and keep your eyes firmly in place for tomorrow.