I Don’t Want to Be an Example

I don’t want to be an example.
I want to be the best human being I can be.
I want to be who G-d designed me to be,
To live up to the potential He sees in me.
I want to do what He’s called me to do,
Nothing more, nothing less.

I don’t want my children to be like me.
I want them to be the best versions of themselves
That G-d created them to be.
I want them to exceed the potential
That I was not able to achieve.
I want them to live their lives to the fullest,
Knowing their unique talents and gifts,
Knowing that those talents and gifts
Are not for their own pleasure,
But for the benefit of others
And all for the glory of G-d.
I want them to do what He’s called them to do,
Nothing more, nothing less.

May we reach the highest rung on the ladder,
And walk on the high places.
Even though we may fall seven times,
May we always get back up again.
May we run the race faithfully
And when we have beaten our own shadows,
Hear those beautiful words,
“Well, done, good and faithful servant.
Enter into my rest.”
For this is the promise to us
And our children and our children’s children,
If we are diligent in seeking Him,
And loving Him, and walking in His ways.

So if I am an example to you,
I don’t mean to be.
It’s simply me, being me to the best of my ability.
So if you would be all that G-d has for you to be,
Then look only to me to see it can be accomplished
With much trying and striving.

© 2015, Sarah S. Walters

 

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