Serenity Prayer

What is the Serenity Prayer and how does it apply to your life?

The serenity prayer, is a prayer written by, the theologian, Reinhold Nieuber. This prayer sat on the wall of my childhood home. My mother would recite it to me often. Especially, when I didn’t understand something that happened or had a question she didn’t have an answer to.

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I can not change.

Courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

The poem sums up a lot if you think about it. The prayer makes sense for many problems that occur in our lives. We just have to understand it.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change.  This means to stay calm, to be peaceful when things occur. You can’t control everything, let life happen. You can’t change your past, you can only do better for your future.

Courage to change the things I can. This means to be strong enough to change the things you can. It is important to have a passion for something. Be strong enough to speak about that passion. Be a voice for something important to you!

Wisdom to know the difference. This means to understand every battle isn’t yours to fight. Know what battles to partake in and the ones not to partake in. Recognize your ability to distinguish right from wrong and know that there is, a time and place for everything.

Once you understand the prayer, it gives you a sense of acceptance. It gives you the ability to think about your actions before acting on them. It gives you a bit of understanding in knowing, everything isn’t for YOU!

Stop partaking in things that don’t apply to you! Know your worth, and remember you were born for a purpose. I encourage you to find that purpose and tap into its greatness!

Use this prayer to assist you in changing your approach in life!



“God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other”

Reinhold Niebuhr

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us”


“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

Winston Churchill



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