“Lord of reality, make me real…
not plastic, synthetic, pretend, phony,
an actor playing out his part -- a hypocrite.
I don’t want to keep a prayer list... but to pray;
but to obey what I already know;
To argue theories of inspiration... but to submit to your Word.
I don’t want to explain the difference between
eros and philos and agape... but to love.
I don’t want to sing as if I mean it... but to mean it.
I don’t want to tell it like it is... but to be like You want it.
I don’t want to think another needs me...
but to know that I need You, O God --
or else I’m not complete.
I don’t want to tell others how to do it... but to do it;
I don’t want to always have to be right...
but to admit when I’m wrong.
I don’t want to be a census taker... but an obstetrician;
not just an involved person, a professional... but a friend.
I don’t want to be insensitive...
but to hurt where other people hurt;
nor to say I know how you feel,... but to say God knows.
And I’ll try if you’ll be patient with me
and meanwhile I’ll be quiet.
I don’t want to scorn the clichés of others...
but to mean everything I say...
[--Written by Joseph Bayly, from his book Psalms of My Life (Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House, 1969)]
What great words and thoughts to ponder, pray, and practice! I hope they will describe your life, even as I am working on them describing mine! Remember that God loves you and I do, too!