We've been talking, for a couple of weeks now, about choices and fulfilling the covenant we have made with God. These are hard decisions to make let alone do! Today's readings are in 1 Kings 3 and Matthew 6. In 1 Kings 3:9 Solomon is asking God for "a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil," (NASB) and in Matthew 6 Jesus is showing us how to pray "Our Father, who is in heaven" (vs 9 CEB). In both cases asking for "wisdom" - but do we ask, even as we repeat the Lord's prayer, for the discernment, the "wisdom" to follow where God is leading? It brought to mind, for me, the Serenity Prayer - change what I can, don't change what I can't and the "wisdom to know the difference."
As we "face giants," try "new" things we need to "decide" to make the "choice" from last week. We need to be talking about, sharing and encouraging each other - even as we realize the "wisdom to know the difference" between what we can change and what we can't change. I saw a "new" serenity prayer on Facebook where it is referred to as "The OTHER Serenity Prayer." "God, grant me the serenity to stop beating myself for not doing things perfectly, the courage to forgive myself because I'm working on doing better, and the wisdom to know that you already love me just the way I am." I would add -- "and to keep working on trying!"
There are changes that God is calling us to make as we "face giants," try "new" things and even when "we hit the wall." The wisdom comes from remembering God loves us "just the way" we are but encourages us to keep trying. We need to "change what we can" -- listening for what people are telling us (even when we disagree) and trying to show God's Love to a hurting world.