God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
You can’t control what other people feel. Life is not an audition for other people’s approval. The sun won’t wait for you to finish all your work. It will rise early tomorrow, and so will you. You can’t become someone else, no matter how much you envy them. That paper is due next week – tough luck. You didn’t make the team, and that’s okay. Loosen your grip. Release some control. You will feel freer.
The courage to change the things I can.
Don’t let yourself be a doormat. You can stand up and fight for what you believe in. You never have to be used for someone else’s gain. Free yourself from dangerous situations if you can. Just because you’re a kind and gentle person doesn’t mean you have to stay quiet when something goes wrong. Be a lover, but don’t be afraid to be a fighter as well.
The wisdom to know the difference.
Knowing takes time. It’s fluid, situational, and most often confusing. This is where you need God the most. The reality you see is through two eyes alone, but God is everywhere; he sees all. Trust him to be the lens of clarity in your blurry perspective. Only then can you begin to see the outlines of your once-fuzzy dilemmas.