The first time I heard this prayer was back in high school. It was a custom for us to pray before starting a class and our English teacher would always start her prayer with this. It’s always stuck to me because it’s easy to remember and it’s simple yet somewhat complete. There are things we cannot change and we can’t do anything about them but accept it. These things are no longer within our control except God’s, so we ask Him to help us accept and live on. It may be difficult but the more we have to. There are things we can change. The bad habits we’ve learned to do through the years. We can learn to stop doing them despite it being hard to do so. That’s why we God for courage, to face each and everyday. Courage to fight off the temptation and courage to face our old selves because it’s always scary to do something new, something we’re not used to. But how do we know which things to change and which to accept? It’s quite hard especially when we think we can change something we really have no control of. We can’t control other people. We can’t control their decisions. We can influence their decisions, but we should never control them.
Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things that I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.