I hope you continue to join me in a spiritual journey as we mediate on the long version of the Serenity Prayer, which breaks down to 6 lines of thought for 6 easy, but effective days of prayer.
We are not moving in chronological order, so please join us as we continue.
Line 3, Day 3 is:
“Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace”
- Why do I have to go through divorce or breakup?
- Why did my spouse/mother/father/sibling/child die?
- Why is my spouse/mother/father/sibling/child ill/struggling?
- Why can I not find a job?
- Why am I so depressed?
“Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace” eliminates the “Why” out of “bad things” that happen to “good people.” This idea has transformed my life.
About a year ago, as I reflected on my life, I saw “failure” stamped all over my past; betrayal from people I trusted, heartbreak from ones I loved, cruel bosses, unfulfilled hopes and dreams and missed opportunities.
As I played the deadly game of comparison, the words came to me.
“Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.”
When I mulled over this, split down the center of my chest, deep and solid, I realized this was the conduit for my life flow. It was the fingerprint of calm that ruled above all the footsteps that have brought me to where I am today. Were it not for striding through a storm-ridden landscape, the victory would not be mine.
In this sense, looking back on my life, I have led a life of triumph.
Here is another point in case, as a certified biographer, I interviewed a woman, who was in her 70s, whose life was probably the most painful and awful one I’ve ever heard about. She grew up dirt poor. Being physically beaten by her father and later by her husband made her no stranger to the ICU at the hospital.
Finalizing hours of interviews, an incredulously spiritual woman, this is what she said to me, “It is my hope for my children that they have half as wonderful a life as I have had.”
Whoa. Wait-a-minute! “Did she say that?” I wondered. How could that be? Then I realized.
She got it. It’s a supreme psychic thing that so few achieve in this life; the rarest form of success ever lived.
The woman had accepted every single awful hardship that came along and by doing this gained a supernatural state of being, the gift of peace.
Stay tuned!…until next time…walk by faith not by sight!