God as Change Agent…

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

Meditation: When my children were young, they thought their parents could change everything and make everything better. It is human to wish this. Often we project the same “almighty” capability onto God. We wish God would just come and make everything better, as if there were no vulnerabilities and limitations in nature and in us humans. As we mature, we need to grieve and accept that neither our parents nor God are “almighty”. However, as we grow up, and as we develop a more mature relationship with God, we learn that we ourselves can change and improve certain things. We also discover that sometimes, changing things is not possible nor the goal. However, sometimes the “mighty task” is accepting the things we cannot change and embracing difficult life challenges that we initially rejected. Parents and God are not “deus ex machina”=“wish machines” that fulfill our every desire, but supporters of maturation and empowering agents of change. And sometimes this change can be external. Yet often it is all about internal change.

Prayer: 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. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.  Amen Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a (wo)man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.1. Corinthians 13:12-13