During a recent podcast, Lord C. from New York shared with me this handy seven-minute tune-up. This episode will publish on January 24th.
The 7 Minute Tune-Up
God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy power, Thy Love, & Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always!
My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me: good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character, which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do your bidding. Amen.
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 alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life 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.
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.
All reform is from within outward. You will always find that the outward is improved as the inward is improved. As you improve yourself, your outward circumstances will change for the better. The power that is released from within yourself will change your outward life.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily strength,
and forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.a
For Thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory, forever and ever.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.