The Bible is filled with stories about courage. Interestingly enough, these stories are often as much about courage and faith to trust in God as they are courage to face a tough circumstance or adversary. Sure, sometimes it's courage to stare down enemy (David), but it could just as likely be courage to look stupid by following a counter-intuitive God plan (Noah) or wait patiently for God to act when everything inside us wants to take charge of it ourselves (Abraham). This version of the Serenity Prayer focuses on courage to change the things which should be changed. This is different than the more common prayer circulated these days, which says to change what "can be changed". This begs the question: as Christ followers, is it sufficient motivation to want to change our circumstance simply because we can?
The very first line of this version of the prayer represents the most significant difference between this one and the more popular versions used by most of today's Twelve-step recovery groups. The more popular version reads, "God, grant me the serenity", instead of, "God, give me grace". To some, perhaps this is a subtle difference, amounting to nothing of substance. But here's the not-so-subtle difference in my mind.