Saturday, January 25, 2014


I was just at a wedding where one of the readings was the serenity prayer. It's been a while since I've heard it.

As I searched I found the second verse, which is pretty good. The whole "living forever with Him" I can take or leave, but "taking the world as it is, not how I would have it" - pretty good.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Of course, it's not about bottling it up "serenity now, insanity later" but more about choosing the ditch you're prepared to die in. Saying "this isn't it" sounds like serenity to me.

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