The Serenity Prayer: (Short Version) “God 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.”
The Serenity Prayer: (Long Version, by Reinhold Neibuhr in the early 1930’s) “God, 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. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship 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.”
The precursor: (Written by Epicitus in the First Century) “Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Some things are up to us and some things are not up to us. Our opinions are up to us, and our impulses, desires, aversions — in short, whatever is our own doing. Our bodies are not up to us, nor are our possessions, our reputations, or our public offices, or, that is, whatever is not our own doing.”
We are J-Bar — we are blessed beyond measure. We love — we are thankful beyond measure. We serve, and in so doing become the leaders that God wants us to be.