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Admission of Powerlessness
March 28, 2017

Our society is all about being strong, assertive, self-determined and independent.  Any admission of faults and flaws is a serious mistake, meaning that you will be passed over for the next promotion and advancement.  If anyone becomes aware of even the slightest flaw she or he must make every effort to cover it lest it be discovered and exploited.  Simply be bold and strong, regardless of who gets hurt.  That cavalier attitude has attributed to untold misery for many people involved.  The fruit of willpower alone can never satisfy the soul.  Our obsessions with money, sex, careers, drugs, alcohol, gambling or anything else will leave us empty.     

The paradox of reality is that by our admission of being human, including personal flaws and weakness, can actually lead to peace and a sense of serenity.  American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.[1]  Humbly and honestly acknowledging what we are able or powerless to do actually brings a sense of release, breaking the cycle of addiction, soul bondage, tyranny of work and subsequent shame and guilt for not measuring up. 

Our prayers of petition, respectfully appealing to a higher power for things that we need and/or desire, profoundly affects the well-being of our soul.  God invites us to admit our need for him, talk to him and to live in relationship with him.  Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  (John 15:7)  We may admit out need for a power greater than ourselves to restore us to sanity; to peace and rest.  Only God can restore the peace, significance and security that we crave and comes when we “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_Prayer


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