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Songs:
Satellite Soul - Great Big Universe
Down Here - What it's Like
Bryan Duncan - Once I've Arrived
Amy Grant - Out in the Open
Parachute Band - All My Life
Switchfoot - This is Your Life
Transcript:
This is the Road To Redemption....

I'm Bryan Duncan... God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot Change...that's what we're gonna start with This week... and as long as I live I imagine... It's the first line of the serenity prayer... A prayer that has constantly reminded me through my own recovery... How to get through one day at a time!

Satellite Soul / Great Big Universe

Satellite Soul... One Great Big Universe... And none of it revolves around me...just one of the many things that I cannot change...

Welcome to radio rehab...I'm Bryan Duncan askin God for the serenity to accept the things I cannot change!

But I have noticed that the healthier I get the longer that list is! and the less I mind...

Down Here/ what it's like

Down Here/ you came down to know just what its like to be me...wow, that couldn't possibly have felt good... (over intro) This is the Road To Redemption talkin about the things I cannot change and the Serenity to accept that.... Deciding what I cannot change requires that I recognize my own circumstances first... Identify the characteristics of the unchangeable...that takes some processing...improving my conscious contact with God... this might be the time to remember too the unchangeable attributes of a higher power...who is the same yesterday today and forever...

Bryan Duncan/ Once I've Arrived

That's one of my songs... Once I've arrived...from the Last Time I Was Here

(over intro) Accepting what I cannot change about myself and others and my circumstances frees me from the weight of trying to control everything....

Amy Grant/ out in the open

Thats Amy Grant... Out in the open...

Loop intro from Amy's tune)

It's easier to come out in the open too when I come to terms with the things I cannot change...it's not something I'm inclined to sit around and figure out usually either but look at all the anxieties I have that swirl around the unfixable things in my life. The unchangeable is often invisible to the naked eye...at least it's not something you can fix with a hammer...

and the Anxiety that comes with it is invisible too... But that stress is powerful enough to change the way I act, my physical appearance, the way I stand or sit, the way I look and speak to those around me...it can bend my physical body like a gumby doll... Or a string puppet that's been dropped on it's head...

Speaking of being dropped on your head... It's time for life out of step...

There's a lot of stuff I can't change... And the stuff I probably can is hiding behind it... I spend a lot of time just trying to change my attitude... And that takes more effort than I usually give...

"The serenity to accept the things I cannot change".. Sounds down right anti faith... I mean the bible does say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"...yea but I'm still not God and I cannot "change" all things... Cause the first thing I would do is bend all the rules...to make ME... more comfortable... No there are invisible boundaries around our lives that are there for what reason I don't know... Cause... I'm not God... I've always assumed they were just there to frustrate me to death..

Natural laws with consequences too that I'm not immediately aware of... I should be able to do the same thing over and over again and get a different result. Or at least the same level of pleasure... My car shouldn't require maintenance either...my body shouldn't require constant cleaning and preening, and why can't my actions go without RE actions... Why is it that Pain has to be the natural warning system of things gone wrong... Why couldn't it just be a small lighting system down my left arm! Why does commitment have to come with sacrifice...Why can't I just rewrite my own history take all the bad stuff out. And it seems to me I waste a lot of my life sleeping...and when I'm awake how come "my will" has to conflict with everyone else's? It's really frustrating...

The real frustrations though come with the grey areas of the unchangeable... Like other people for instance...the way you look and act. surely I could have a hand in your life... Without being codependent cause if I can change you I might feel more comfortable around me...cause you are so irritating!!! why can't I change the word serenity to apathy... It's easier to give up than to have peace about the things I cannot change... "God Grant me the apathy to accept the things I cannot change" that doesn't sound too bad so why can't I just change that one word?...I'm sure I'd get a different result for a change... Of course it wouldn't be good.

Dear God, I guess I'm trying to be you... Cause I don't like who I am, frail and human and broken as well as Tired, hungry, hurt and lonely... This is when it's hardest to accept the things I cannot change...let me trust you for the serenity I long for in living with what I have no control over. Let me put my faith in you as a higher power... And see the unchangeable love you have for me...In Christ's name I pray Amen...

Parachute Band / all my life

That's Parachute Band/ I will love you all my life...even with the things I cannot change...this is the life God has given me... And he can Help me live it.. Here's Switchfoot with this is your life... Switchfoot/ this is your life





You've been listening to Bryan Duncan on the Road To Redemption...I'm on line at bryanduncan.com ... And Lets leave the unchangeable things to God...he is the higher power...who knows maybe he'll change a few things I can't...but until then keep coming back...