I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare,
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh and love, and lift,
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.
I would be prayerful thru each busy moment;
I would be constantly in touch with God;
I would be tuned to hear the slightest whisper;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod,
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.
H. A. Walter, 1906
Read 2 Timothy 2:15-26
(We don’t work to earn our salvation, or to keep it, but we cannot escape the Biblical fact that a redeemed life is a life set apart, a life marked by ever-growing holiness and Christlikeness. This hymn gives voice to that desire to live a God-honoring life, to be committed, to be an example, to be devout. May we rise to that challenge each day.)