You asked for my hands that you might use them for your purpose,
I gave them for a moment but then withdrew them for the work was hard.
You asked for my mouth to speak out against injustice,
I gave you a whisper that I might not be accused.
You asked for my eyes to see the pain of others,
I closed them for I did not want to see.
You asked for my life that you might work through me,
I gave you only a small part that I might not get too involved
You asked me to go the extra mile,
To give the extra pound,
To offer the other cheek,
I took short cuts,
I gave only loose change,
I thought only of myself.
Lord forgive my calculated efforts to serve you only when it is convenient for me to do so, only at those times when I want to do so, only in those places where it is safe to do so, and only with those who make it easy to do so
Send me out as your servant,
Unselfish, self giving, sacrificial
By your Holy Spirit,
Transform my words into actions of love. Amen
Joe Seremane, South Africa