Focusing on what I can change and not wasting energy and rest on what I cannot. This thought has been interpreted many ways over the years, primarily coming to thought is the Serenity Prayer seen above. But can we really do it? Can we accept our mistakes, the willful sins we have committed, and the horrible things that have happened in our lives. Can we live in peace when our memory is clouded with a combination of occurrences that leave us at times feeling anywhere from numbness to outrage? A few thoughts below…
For the one who is contemplating sin:
Proverbs 12:20(MSG) Evil scheming distorts the schemer;peace-planning brings joy to the planner.
Psalm 34;13(MSG) Turn your back on sin; do something good. Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!
For the boastful and prideful heart::
Psalm 73:6(MSG) Pretentious with arrogance, they wear the latest fashions in violence, Pampered and overfed, decked out in silk bows of silliness. They jeer, using words to kill; they bully their way with words. They’re full of hot air, loudmouths disturbing the peace. People actually listen to them—can you believe it? Like thirsty puppies, they lap up their words.
Great advice here, love it!
2 Corinthians 13:11(MSG) And that’s about it, friends. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure. Greet one another with a holy embrace. All the brothers and sisters here say hello.
Living in God’s will:
Ephesians 1:1(MSG) I, Paul, am under God’s plan as an apostle, a special agent of Christ Jesus, writing to you faithful believers in Ephesus. I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. The God of Glory
And how about the big picture
2 Corinthians 4 (KJV) 1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
We have an anchor, and He alone is our peace through everything we face. We can trust Him. We can place all our faith in Him. We can leave anything we are confronted with in His hands; when we are overcome with doubt and fear, when we run to him in our sin and repent, even when we don’t understand why. He will restore us, heal us from our wounds, and give peace beyond our understanding.
He is God.