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The Courage to Change

This well known prayer helps on put change into perspective. It has been in use by AA since the 1950’s .

This short reflection is generally attributed to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and came to be known as the Serenity Prayer although the author originally did not give it a title.

My dad was the first one to teach me this prayer. He shared with me how it had helped him deal with changes and the struggles in his life.

2 Responses to “The Courage to Change”

  1. Debbie says:

    The rest of the story…… The Twelve Step Programs took this prayer and embraced it as a ‘golden nugget’ in times of great change. It is indeed a gem, a diamond in the rough especially for those whose hope for change lies completely in their relationshiop with their God of their understanding. Reinhold Neibhur had written more to this prayer, but likely because of its length as been overlooked by many. In its completness this prayer offers even more insight and wisdom. It’s just a rock solid way to live. Thanks for the reminder Mike!

    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.

    –Reinhold Niebuhr

  2. deaconmike says:


    Thanks so much – I will publish the entire prayer in the near future.

    take Care- Mike