Serenity and Wisdom

Are you familiar with the Serenity Prayer?  It was originally unnamed and authored by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.  The best known form is:


I’ve been giving it a lot of thought these last couple of days…frankly, more like wanting to throw things and to act like a child because there are simply situations in my life that I DO NOT want to accept.  NOPE. And yet, here we are.

After feeling sorry for myself and crying and crying some more and pleading with God I surrendered.  I’m not so naive to realize there will be more levels of surrender but I am calmer today.  Also, full disclosure, I am not one to stay in self-pity long, nor am I inclined to blame others for my situation…but rather I’m action oriented and inclined to GET A PLAN TOGETHER! So the key here for me is the last line…the wisdom to know the difference.  And the plan is to submerse myself in God’s word and prayer.

Mark Driscoll writes

The gift of wisdom is the ability to have insight into people and situations that is not obvious to the average person, combined with an understanding of what to do and how to do it. It is the ability to not only see, but also apply the principles of God’s Word to the practical matters of life by the “Spirit of wisdom” (Eph. 1:17).

The principles of God’s Word to the practical matters of life by the Spirit of Wisdom…don’t you just love that! If you’ve been a Christian long you know that we are called to live differently, not as the world dictates but rather in a godly manner.  But WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Well, first, you’ve gotta start reading your Bible (God’s word) to get started and then you need to be praying for the spirit of Wisdom.  James makes it clear that you should ask and it will be given.  It’s not just for leaders of church but everyone – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5.

But I leave you with one last thought…Christianity is dangerous…it will change you, transform you and you’ll be called again and again out of your comfort zone.  God is more concerned with our character than our comfort.  As I journey through this rough patch, I need to keep my eyes on the prize and that is first and foremost:

I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. — Acts 20:24

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.

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  1. Janet

    Check out the WHOLE prayer. It tells us God’s wish for our life. The sermon on the mound is Gods principles for our life

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