The Serenity Prayer
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.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Originally published in the early 1900’s by Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity Prayer promotes acceptance, courage, and wisdom in daily life.
It is frequently shortened to an impactful statement, which has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Serenity Prayer Short Version
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.