God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and…I bet you already know the next line. However, you may not know that there is more to the story. Later in that prayer it says, “Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, and accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.”
As I read that prayer, I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP), “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he(she) is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].”
Have you ever had a moment where you knew that your next decision would determine whether you would become “a new creature” or stay the same? I have had many. Somehow, not coincidentally, they all involved me opening up and allowing my “old self” to collide with my “new self.”
I wish I could say that it was always easy, but I often felt like I was losing something. Like the very thing that I had always known was now a stranger. In reality, I was losing something. My old self. Familiarity. Some of the strategies, places, and people that I had deemed trustworthy and familiar, God was asking me to let go of. He was asking me if I was ready for His best and not what was just available and familiar to me.
When I understood that God’s best for me was better than anything that I wanted to hold on to, I then had to decide if I was willing to do the work.
I had to take off my mask, talk about my junk, allow healing to take place, and move forward. I had to do this again and again and again.
As someone who loved to work, this was not the kind I enjoyed. Once I realized that I was in God’s promise of “a new creature” in that stage of life as a result of my obedience and closeness to Him, I did not want to go back.
All of that to say, do not allow the old you to hold back or become the new you because you are worth more than that, and God will always have better for you that may be vastly different to what you thought was good then.