Potential and Serenity

Nothing is sadder than watching potential wasted and talent being shoved away. 

I have been struggling with this issue for 2 years. See, this time two years ago someone who was dear to me disappeared.  Gone, poof. Almost in an instant, and without warning that person no longer existed in my world.  His shell of a body is still here, but the person he once was is no longer here.  That is a hard thing to watch.  It is a difficult reality to face.  He's gone. For now.

This person who was my hero--someone I admired greatly for their discipline and determination decided to start using drugs.  Wasted potential, wasted time, wasted life.  The sad thing is that not too much earlier in this person's life, they were the one others looked up to.  This person was the one who others asked questions about God and the relationship that was between him and God. He walked away from that for THIS?  

I have had a new understanding of the Serenity Prayer in all of this.  God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.  Wow!!! That is powerful. Ok, so I can accept the current circumstances, knowing that with God all things are possible.  God can redeem anyone from any situation. I believe this with all of my being.  To deal with the request for courage to change the things I can, I have begun changing the things I can in this situation.  Namely, I have begun to reach out to this person WHERE HE IS and pray for him in his current circumstances knowing that things can change one day.  The things, in this case,  that I have the power to change are me and my response to things.  Wisdom to know the difference: Ah, there's the rub.  My fix-it mentality always wants to mess this one up.  I am definitely getting better at separating what I can change and what I can't.

In the meantime, wow, have I learned how to pray.  Sometimes they are the most fervent prayers I think one can utter. See, I know that this person has a plan for their lives that was written far before he was born.  God will use this person one day.  In one way or another.  I have given him to God for that use and will continue to pray that he will come to a knowledge that there is so much more to life than what is going on right now.  If you are someone who prays, please join in with me on this.  God can redeem anything.  Even what looks hopeless.

 

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