“You can adjust the sail”

We were talking in my Sunday School class about the need to accept disappointments in life and to accept people as they are—and, most important, to accept that we can’t control everything.

Will remembered the words to a song Ricky Skaggs sings—“We can’t control the wind but we can adjust the sail.”

What a wonderful image. The words remind me of The Serenity Prayer, which my mother used to quote often.

“God grant me serenity to accept the things  I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

The next time I’m tempted to try to seize control, I’m going to think of that image of the wind and the sail. Maybe I don’t have to control everything. Maybe I can just make a few adjustments.


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