Surrendering control is a lifelong endeavor. The Serenity Prayer was my first exposure to this reality 36 years ago when I first set foot in an AA meeting.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”
I remember learning this and attempting to put it into practice. I also remember experiencing the freedom that I received by practicing this simple prayer daily life. The attempt to control everything in our universe is very strong and tempting. We somehow feel that if we can accomplish or achieve a more proficient degree of control over life’s circumstances and challenges, that we will be better for it.
Unfortunately, (or fortunately), since we are not God, it is not possible to control everything. We may find areas that we seem to be able to control, but we will soon find out we weren’t. But instead of learning our lesson, we try it again and again, thinking we just need to get better at it. It’s quite an intoxicating idea to alot of us to think that we control our own destiny in every facet.
This is not to say we don’t have choices to make…. we do for sure. But our choices, like everything else in life are subject to error and failure sisnce we are not perfect. There has to be a higher authority to which we yield ultimate control. I have found that higher power to be God.
Proverbs 16 tells us this:
33 “We toss the coin, but it is the Lord who controls its decision.”