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. – Reinhold Niebuhr
You’ll find this funny, but I found this quote off the wall at Pieology (you know the place where you build your own pizza and it’s ready in 5 minutes). In a way it sounds biblical too, like we are not in complete control of our lives which is often the source of grief for many pride-filled hardheaded knuckleheads like me. Sadly that is the consequence we bear for being selfish and arrogant, although this world of ours has always ‘taught’ us that failure is never an option and to never surrender, but always stand tall and face whatever comes our way and fight. So this quote really juxtaposes that, and if you have ever studied the Bible, to surrender does not mean you are a complete loser. Rather you are giving your life to God to mold and shape it as he decides for each and every person on earth with every perfect intention to give us a joyful and fulfilling lives. Now that does not mean one should just let go of everything and just lie down do nothing; no even the Bible does not condone that, that’s called laziness. There are some things life we can control, but fear will get in the way. Luckily that can be solved by simple act of asking God for help to give you courage to take control of what you can. And all we need is a little critical thinking to discern what we can or cannot control, and accept our strengths and limitations as we have. So remember kids, surrender does not always make you a loser, just when you know things are beyond your control, and don’t be afraid to take chances on what you can.
Remember this quote and have great week!