We live in an age that struggles with uncertainty. We want answers to everything – all of our questions and uncertainties. And when we don’t have the answers, the result is often fear. This is true for our personal lives as well. We want to know … that everything will turn out okay, that we are making the right choices, that our kids will be alright.
We are so used to getting answers, and getting them now, we don’t know how to live in a world of uncertainty. Instead of trusting our instincts and following our gut, we turn to others for assurances:
‘What do you think I should do?’
‘Do you think this is a good idea?’
‘What would you do?’
We don’t trust ourselves, and we want someone else to share the blame when things don’t work out.
But a need for certainty, the fear of the uncertain, leads to life lacking in joy. Even when we do have moments of joy, we don’t trust ourselves enough to enjoy them, instead convincing ourselves that it won’t last, it is too good to be true.
So how do we let go of certainty? We embrace faith.
“The opposite of faith is not doubt, but uncertainty.” Anne Lamott
When fear of the uncertain threatens to overwhelm us, we can remember the serenity prayer.
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.