When expressing my concerns for situations i find myself in and general frustration a very dear friend told me he was going to send me something that helped him develop a more Christ like focus.
I expected a book in the mail that explained 21 steps that we can take to a better future. I expected 40 memory verses that you must know chapter and verse in order to have a better work environment. I expected a long document that i’d tried to wrap my head around to formulate a better living place for me in this big strange world. I thought for sure it was going to require me developing some new formula, plan, structure i had never heard.
THIS IS WHAT HE SENT ME:
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life —unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my problems, I could not stay sane; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.
Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” He forgot to mention that I was the chief critic. I was always able to see the flaw in every person, every situation. And I was always glad to point it out, because I knew you wanted perfection, just as I did. Acceptance has taught me that there is a bit of good in the worst of us and a bit of bad in the best of us; that we are all children of God and we each have a right to be here. When I complain about me or about you, I am complaining about God’s handiwork. I am saying that I know better than God.
from Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 417.
That was all i needed to hear. The Holy Spirit began to work in my mind, renew my thought process and with God’s help the little things that i’ve sweat over before will no longer cause me to run into the same walls of frustration, fear and confussion i’ve run into in the past.
Tom “Beetle” Bailey
Note- back when I wrote this I worked at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida
That was also my church. Visit their Facebook page:
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at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084
While WE were yet still sinners Christ died for us, talk about acceptance!
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