“God, grant me the serenity…”

The Serenity Prayer:  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.

 Serenity – inward calm – is what you and I want.  But it comes at a price.

 “It will cost me something?” you ask.  “So, how much?”

 The decision is always up to you.  What are you willing to give up in order to get what you really want?  Are you able to do what it takes – to let go of everything that stands in your way – in order to have peace and serenity?

 The cost of serenity is going to involve letting go of your old ideas, your old habits, and the comfortable, familiar place where you have remained up until now.  You will never know inward peace until you have paid the price to get it.

 You have tried to get things that didn’t belong to you.  And you’re stuck.  It’s as if your hand is caught in the proverbial cookie jar – and the only way out is to let go of the cookie.

 You must let go.

 Your addiction has already cost you a great deal:  Money, relationships, and self-esteem… to mention a few.  Letting go of control over your life by surrendering to God your life and your will is going to cost you big time.  And it’s so scary that many addicts never get to that place where they’re willing to let go.

 However, the rewards far outweigh the cost.  The things you treasure aren’t worth keeping.  You could be staying at the Waldorf Astoria, but you choose to remain in your cardboard box down at the ship yards. 

 What keeps a person in their addiction?  What makes us think it’s better to live in a spiritual hell than move to heaven itself? 

 God is more than willing to grant you serenity, but it will cost you everything that you now think is important. 

 Be sure you understand what you are asking when you pray for serenity.  It’s going to cost you.