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.

I have this prayer sitting on a card in my room, and I glance at it almost every day. Sometimes, when I glance at it, it is very brief, and I don’t allow the words to sink in in any way, shape, or form. And then there are other times, where the words jump out at me and hit straight to the very depths of my heart. These are the moments where I realize I need to examine my mind and heart to see where I have been putting my time, energy, thoughts, etc.

I don’t know about you, but I can get VERY caught up in reflecting so much on the past and the future, and this seems to take up a lot of dwelling space in my mind and heart. However, when I do this, I am missing out on so many of the present moments. I know we can understand this on a logical level, but if we really sat and examined where we are putting a lot of thoughts and reflection time, I think we would all be surprised how much of it probably isn’t focused in on the present.

God doesn’t define us by our past mistakes, nor does He say, please put a lot of worry and concern into figuring out every step of your future on your own. No. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, and He sure doesn’t expect us to try and figure out next steps on our own either. He calls us to come to Him. In the present…right here, right now. He has so much joy, fulfillment, and mercy waiting for us in the present moment if we trust in Him.

We all have things from our past we cannot change. This doesn’t mean some of these things don’t hurt any less, they are easy to move on from, or they are any less tragic in some cases. However, with God’s help, He grants us the courage and strength to move forward on the path of healing, forgiveness, or whatever path our specific stories and journeys look like. He doesn’t want us to stay stuck in the past, He wants us to be with Him in the present. To enjoy all He has set before us. He doesn’t want us to miss out on what He has in store for the here and now. Dwell with Him. Abide in Him. He will give you courage and wisdom you need.