GIVE: With Spirit You Find the Wisdom to Know the Difference

GIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Dr. Pennie Murray

With Spirit You Find the Wisdom to Know the Difference

© 2010 Pennie Murray

March 23, 2010

All of us are aware of the Serenity Prayer that asks God to give us the composure to accept what you cannot change; the courage to change what you can; and wisdom to know the difference. The operative word here is composure—a sense of calmness or self-control during the ups and downs of life. I cannot tell you how important it is to develop this quality in your efforts to fortify and strengthen yourself. However, it is often the hardness to acquire, especially when you’re caught in an emotional tailspin that affects your success.

And anyone who has ever set out to accomplish anything of value is all too familiar with the emotional ups and downs that come along with being successful. One such emotional low that often hinders us is our self-sabotaging behavior. Self-sabotaging behaviors often interfere with or prevent us from conditioning or fortifying ourselves for success. Changing deep-rooted behavior patterns like self-sabotage is difficult to recognize and understand. Deciding to move beyond this behavior takes courage and a personal commitment to develop more effective actions. One action I always recommend to individuals who attend my clarity workshops is to do their selfwork. This means, looking inside yourself and listening to the inner dialogue of your emotions to truly evaluate your thoughts, historical interferences, motives and intentions. While I give this advice, I frequently have to implement this advice in my own life—sometimes daily.

I have been dealing with a professional situation that has been a very distressing thorn in my side for an entire year, and now threatens my goals for success. Often times, the emotional distress that is manifested between me and the other person involved has caused me to posture myself in a self-defending mode. Last week things got so bad that as I said, I had to take my own advice and assess the emotional turmoil that seemed to want to get the best of me. I was like a pressure cooker that was ready to explode. However, using my old methods of resolve would surely sabotage the success I had already gained, so my old habits of forcefully pushing back were not an option. I had to develop more effective or new way of handling this situation.

For three-days, I struggled to sort through and understand how to deal with the situation. Then with Spirit I found my composure and the wisdom to know the difference of what I could change and what I could not. As I laid in bed one night talking to God about the root of my true vulnerabilities, resentments, and stresses—out of nowhere I calmed myself and asked, “God, protect me — even from myself.”

This month, I encouraged you to let go of the dumb stuff, and focus on the plan God has for you. I told you it was important to find a truer friend in yourself, which means knowing when to shield your strength from negative others. But in all these areas, it takes the wisdom of Spirit to know “when and when not to…” Sometimes we are our own worst enemy—even when our intentions are to safeguard ourselves. As humans, we are just unable to calculate all the variables or consequences connected to any one situation to make a perfect decision. Therefore, the greatest prayer you can pray is for the wisdom to know when you might be setting yourself up to sabotage your own efforts, dreams, goal or ambitions. Write on your mirror; and let it soak in daily—God, protect me—even from myself!

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One Response

  1. Ephesians 6:12 (Contemporary English Version)
    12We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world.

    Jeremiah 29:11-13 (New International Version)
    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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