Growth

This is a poem I happen to come across in one of the books we keep in the bathroom.

Growth

Let me be a little kinder;

Let me be a little blinder

To the faults of those about me;

Let me praise a little more;

Let me be, when I am weary,

Just a little bit more cheery;

Let me serve a little better

Those that I am striving for.

Let me be a litttle braver

When temptations bid me waver;

Let me strive a little harder

To be all that I should be:

Let me be a little meeker

With the brother that is weaker;

Let me think more of my neighbor

And a little less of me.

Let me be a little sweeter;

Make my life a bit completer,

By doing what I should do

Every minute of the day.

Let me toil without complaining,

Not a humble task distaining,

Let me face the summons calmly

When death beckons me away.

It’s a shame the author is unknown as it is a really good poem and I would have liked to read more of those. But anyway I thought it fit very nicely with what I am learning at the moment!

Ya all have a good day, Becca.

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Published in: on August 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Seeing People Through A Broader Perspective

In last year’s writing class I was reviewing my life for something to write for an expressive paper. I wrote a paper called Learning the Hard Way. It deals with what happened one time when I failed to heed my mother’s warning when I was about eight. I keep discovering that I do indeed learn the hard way in just about every aspect. In that I’m like my Dad. It takes me probably five times or more to learn a lesson I’ve seen someone else grace over once and have it stick. Then ontop of that it probably takes another three or four times to get that lesson to stick.

Yesterday, I learned to see other people through a broader perspective. Not to see them for what they don’t do, but what they do. Sometimes I get so wound up in what I think a person should be doing that I don’t see that they are infact probably right where God wants them. So I learned a lesson in judgement and it hurt, but in my opinion it’s kind of like getting a spanking. It hurts but afterwards the lesson sticks with you and eventually by trial and error becomes a part of you.

I know I have a tendency for being negative but that doesn’t mean I have to focas on the negative of others. It will be hard to relearn how to be positive, but as the Bible puts it, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

I remember reading the Elsie Dinsmore series a while back and there was always a part that stuck out to me. Eddie Travilla, Elsie’s second child, commented to his father how the one boy they knew wasn’t very respectful to his mother, or something like that. Mr. Edward Travilla looked at his son and said, “Once Eddie Travilla has fixed all Eddie Travilla’s faults there will be time enough to fix the faults of others.”

Perhaps a little more meditating on my own faults and crack and a little less of looking at others. After all I’m supose to be looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. 🙂

Published in: on August 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm  Comments (1)