Write Another Chapter

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland” 
- Isaiah 43:19

Yesterday we talked about how sometimes, situations go unresolved. Not everything gets said or done. But that does not mean the opportunity is still open. Sometimes God closes the door even when you believed there was more to see, more to do, and more to say. In these times, do not fight it. But instead, allow God to help you write the next chapter.

How do you begin writing a new chapter? It starts with the prayer; “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” There is so much in just this short prayer. 

First, the serenity to accept the things you cannot change. The reality is, there are just things in life you cannot control. Many situations, circumstances, and other people, you have absolutely no control over. People can do things to you, circumstances can change in a heart beat, and nothing you do will change them. It is important to understand this and come to terms with it. Because while you are not in control, the God you serve is in control of all things.

Second, courage to change the things you can. How you respond to the situation, circumstance, or person, is up to you. The perspective you have, the attitude you have, the changes you make as a result of what happened, they’re all up to you. You can most definitely grow from the last chapter of your life. This is what God desires of you, to always be growing.

Finally, the wisdom to know the difference. It is vitally important you understand what is out of your control and what is in your control. If you will allow God to run the show, and you focus on your response and how you handle what God allows and orchestrates, you have a chance to write the best chapter of your life. Do not get hung up on the last chapter, but instead allow God to lead you in writing your best chapter yet.

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