In the story of the great flood we read how Noah built an ark according to God’s plan however, he didn’t worry about the details of how the animals will be gathered unto him. He left God to take care of that while he did his part by building the ark. Most of the time, we do the opposite of Noah. We disturb ourselves about situations in our lives that we have no control, while neglecting specific areas that are under our control. At the end of the day, we end up allowing what we cannot do interfere with what we can do. Instead, we should focus on what is under our control such as our attitude, responsibilities and relationships and let God handle what we can’t control. The popular Serenity Prayer, originally written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr around 1934, and commonly used by Alcoholics Anonymous and related organizations is a key step for a balanced and joyful life.
This is my own translation of the prayer:
“God, grant me the tranquility to trust You for the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ~ Steve Maraboli