I only think I know what I need. I need to lose weight. I need a new car. And, I really really need the Predators to win their playoff hockey game tonight.
But my spiritual side gently reminds me what I really need is acceptance. Acceptance of the way things are, given the fact I don't control people, places or things.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change..."
When I accept the way things are, I am at peace. I trust God has things well in hand. I know there's a redemptive plan. When I don't accept the way things are, what I'm really saying is that my way is the only way. I am leaning on my own understanding. I tend to get angry, say things I regret and hold grudges.
When I'm on my game, another "a" word follows acceptance. That's action. I accept the way things are and realize the only thing I control is my active response. I cannot change the situation that is at hand. The only thing I can change is me through action.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can..."
What is the best active response to the situation that backs up my trust that God has things well in hand?
Of course, I have a short memory about where lack of acceptance leads me. Often I find myself in fear of my problems, my obligations and other people. That's where maintaining my spiritual condition allows me to stop, take a breath and lean not on my own understanding.
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.
Tonight's playoff hockey game will test how well I have maintained my spiritual condition. I "need" my team to win so bad, that I am challenged to accept any other outcome. The only thing I will control is my response to the outcome, win or lose.
That being said, "Go Predators"!