Things go wrong you worry, bills come in you worry, Life throws you a curve and you worry. You may have heard it often during your lifetime, I know that I have. Matter of fact my mother used to have it posted on a wall in the house (Maybe because her other child was driving her crazy, not me though I was the good one…)!
I am talking about the Serenity Prayer.
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.
This is only the first part of the untitled prayer written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. This prayer is also widely recognized as the mantra for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). The rest of the prayer is:
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship 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.
Even when we know, we cannot do anything about a situation we worry about it. Why? People are always worrying about things they cannot change, or worrying about something that has not even happened yet. Walking around, pacing the floor, biting your nails, pulling out your hair, wearing off the tread in the carpet, and running something repeatedly in your head. FOR WHAT? The bible talks about worrying especially in Matthew 6:25-34. Verse 27 asks the question, “And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to the span of his life?”
What does worrying get you? As the bible says, it does not add a single hour back to your life, so why worry. It will accomplish ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Instead of worrying, use that same time and energy for something more productive like praying, talking to the Father, or reading the word.
Matthew 6:34: Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.