Not sure if everyone knows the Serenity Prayer that we say at virtually every recovery meeting so let's repeat it for use in this blog: 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.
There is of course, an extended version of this but for the moment let's just focus on this simple phrase in our title. In reality what is it that we can change about our lives that needs to change? For me at present it is eating better, especially less sugar, and taking care of issues in my back.
While addiction and the changes that have to be made are those that surround this prayer in today's world, the courage to make other changes is just as significant when it affects our quality of life. Courage is the ability to take that step to stop hurting ourselves and possibly others, to break habits that are chronically destructive. This includes running our own show in life when we continually run it into the ground. It really starts there.
Rather than continuing a game of bumper cars where we keep running into problems, why not take the more excellent way where the problems just become a minor speed bump because the driver is in control. That would be God, and he is the first word in the Serenity Prayer, that is where it starts by asking him for the help to change.
In the last week at ATB six women were spontaneously Baptized and nine more folks came forward to make a change in a meeting Jen and I spoke at. It was amazing and it was a significant act of courage on their part.
Made me think, why can't I put down those Girl Scout Cookies? Simple, I forgot to ask God to help me do it!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.