Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Serenity Prayer

Good News 010105 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."

    As we go into the New Year, peace and tranquility always seem to be part of our New
Year’s goals. Last year we did too much. One more committee at church, the kids need a
coach, how can we get everyone to every game, lesson class etc? Oh, the boss wants us
50 hours a week too!!
    It takes faith and courage to let go and let God play a role in our lives.
"I... will have sufficient courage so that now
 as always, Christ will be exalted in my body..."
Philippians (1:20).
At work and in our daily lives, we often fail to take the risk of allowing God to take control. How often we do not accept the spiritual help available. We will handle it all. Where is our humility when we try to do it all?
"... humbly accept the word planted in you,
which can save you."
 James (2:1).
    We tend to forget the basic rules taught to us by our faith. When we are takingcontrol, adding stress to ourselves, do we ask for the help available?
“If any of you lacks wisdom, ask God
...and it will be given to you."
 (James 1:5)
    We are told to keep God at the forefront in our search for this inner peace.
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:7)

    The serenity prayer is simple. We all know that simple is good Let us start the new
year with this thought in mind.

Thought for Today: Let us focus on peace and tranquility in our lives; with our
families, neighbors and coworkers.

Prayer for Today:  Let's use the serenity prayer, this week and for the year,
especially when over stressed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year

Good News010206- Happy New Year
"Not that I have already obtained all this,
or have already been made perfect,
but I press on to take hold of that
for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
(Phillipiens3:12-14; NIV)
        Happy New Year. For the next few weeks the athletic clubs will be filled with "New Years resolutionists". Diet programs will come and go, self improvement books will be purchased or at least the dust will be blown from last year’s cover! Does that sound familiar? Yes, we all have had a few resolutions fall by the wayside.
        I do not know if Paul wrote the above on New Year’s Eve but it is appropriate. Many of us have new goals today: weight, fitness, financial goals etc. Paul is asking us to look at our spiritual goals. "...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize.” Hold that thought as you proceed through the New Year.
Thought for Today: Let us look ahead rather than behind. Let us look ahead at the opportunities in our lives. This year let us practice Christian ethics and life style in all phases of our lives and by all means share our faith with others.
Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father as this New Year begins please hear our prayer for serenity:
"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."
Hear this for all the worlds people so that your love and peace may dominate this New Year.