Five Minute Friday Accept

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.” -Reinhold Niebuhr

The above verse from the serenity prayer came to mind when I read the prompt word tonight was accept. I really struggle with this. I do not always accept things that I cannot change. More often than not, I whine and complain to anyone who will listen about things that I view as negative that I cannot change. Does my little pity party that I throw myself really help me? No. In fact, I think many times as the old phrase goes “I am making a mountain of a mole hole.” I am reminded of the verse Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

This verse reminds me that I have a choice on what I focus on. I can focus on my blessings, and things that are true, good, positive, or I can focus on all the things that I think are unfair in life. Lord, help me to accept that bad days will sometimes happen in this fallen world. Instead when I am tempted to complain, help me to instead think of ways that I can make the situation better, even if it simply putting a smile on my face and giving someone a hug.


14 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday Accept

  1. Annette V says:

    don’t you find that accepting that bad days happen helps you to focus on a brighter tomorrow, or even the joys of yesterday? I find that to be true in any case… and the odd time it doesn’t, God has this remarkable ability to give me something to smile about. 🙂


    • rosebudmama says:

      Yes, if I am dragging my feet because I am whining about my circumstances, It does make the coming days harder. God gives grace for each day. I need to have open arms to receive God’s grace. I can’t have those open arms if I am clinging to worry or negativity. Thank you for stopping by.


  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says:

    Nothing wrong with complaining! It’s one of the few privileges accorded the grunt, plodding his muddy way to the fight.

    An uncomplaining grunt is a source of concern…and my wife worries about me when I’m too sanguine concerning my condition and fate. She thinks God’s worried, too.

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    • rosebudmama says:

      Yes, it is better to keep the communication with God open, than, to keep all the emotions inside and hidden from God. Thank you for reminding me of this. I am praying for you and Barb!


      • rosebudmama says:

        Of course even when we try to keep the emotions hidden. God still knows what is going on with us. We can’t really hide anything from God, but the danger is in not talking.


  3. Marie says:

    So true. We do get choose what we focus on. I am naturally pessimistic, even cynical sometimes, and this is a big struggle for me. Just yesterday I said to myself, aloud, “Wow. You only look at the bad.” May God grace us with a new perspective.


  4. Lesley says:

    That prayer came to mind for me too- it is such a challenge. Accepting that we can’t change something is not easy, and sometimes I think the trickiest bit is knowing the difference.


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