Some people think it would be wonderful if life were wrapped in a neat little package and worked the way they wanted it to work. If that were the case, they would never be surprised or disappointed because they would always get what they wanted. They would never have to find solutions to their problems because they would always plan things to suit them. They would never have to struggle in any area because they would program things in their favor. If they could have things as they pleased, they would have control over how everything works.
Thankfully, this is not the case. There are too many aspects to life for one person to understand. Even if a person is super intelligent, he cannot know all. What he believes to be a viable solution may work for some but not for others. Because he doesn’t have infinite intelligence, he cannot see the entire spectrum of issues; therefore, he cannot know what’s best in all situations. Just when he thinks he has control over his environment, life throws him a curve ball and reminds him of his humanity.
This reminds me of a prayer that has been cited throughout the years. The writer asked God for the serenity to accept the things he could not change and the courage to change the things he could. The most important point was to know the difference between the two.
Do you know the difference between the things you can and cannot change? Are you wasting your time trying to change things in which you have no control over? Are you sitting and sulking over things that you can change? If you are operating in either extreme, ask God for the wisdom to know the difference, then act accordingly. And remember, no matter how charming, witty, intelligent or astute you are, life has a way of throwing you a curve ball. It’s up to you to determine what you will do with it.