The Serenity Prayer is perhaps one of the most well known prayers spoken by millions of people in recovery programs around the world every day. It goes like this:
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.
The original version of this prayer was written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and the prayer is longer than those first three lines… but within those 27 words is an implicit challenge to have the wisdom to know when to press for change, and when to accept things that are unchangeable. So… when do you decide to lean into acceptance, and when do you press into change? There is a lot in the world that needs to change, but most of it takes more energy than any one of us has. So what do we do?
Our team of Christian antiracism educators and friends gathered around the microphones to talk about exactly that.
Let’s go now and listen to this conversation.
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody