Saturday, June 3, 2017

Dear God, I pray this morning for serenity to accept that which I cannot change, courage to change that which I am able, and wisdom to discern between the two. It is wisdom that I lack most. I believe myself to have power to control far more than I am able.

I set about manipulating or dominating others so as to control their behavior and their attitudes. This is not only a futile effort, but it is cruel to them and disloyal to you. It robs others of free will, and replaces your loving power with my own narrow and limited abilities. You have transformed my life, why do I not let you act in the lives of others?

Lord, let me see how truly limited my influence is. Let me accept the freedom this brings. If I cannot control others, then I am free to love them even when they act in ways I would not wish.

God, let me expend greater effort in discerning your will for me. I occupy myself with such meaningless activity. Let me exert myself more in the realm of the spirit, and less in the world of everyday events. Let me work harder and harder to pass along your love. To all.

(Letter #885)