In the past, willingness to accept a hurtful situation has been viewed as defeat or giving up. Acceptance has been a much maligned concept. However, many faith traditions, in various and sundry ways, assert and even proclaim its benefits. We are told to Accept, Surrender, Embrace, Go with the flow.
So, does this mean if I do those thing that I am going to like every occurrence? No. It just means that if I can get myself to accept the reality of my situation, stop fighting It (whatever “it” is), I can be at peace. I can have a modicum, a minuscule drop, of serenity. That serenity, bred by the belief that all is well—even if it is a shaky belief—gives birth to God-inspired solutions.
You might be experiencing one of the worst “Oh My God!” moments in your life. But Wisdom begot through life-lessons has taught me to say: “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Some call this faith. Is it? Or is it just living life on life’s terms?
“Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.”
Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous page 449
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change
the courage to change the things that I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Pastor Friedrich Christoph 1792
Accept the good of today, the pain of today,
the Promise of Today…LIVE!
Shirley Lundy-Connor © July 2007