IF Not Us, Who?
IF Not Now, When?
“God opens their ears to instruction… If they hearken and serve God, they complete their days in prosperity.” Job 36:10,11
“IF” by Rudyard Kipling
Kipling said, “I have wrote and read this poem for my young son.”
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream, and not make dreams your master;
If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings, nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Whether my day seems busy or relatively quiet, I make the conscious choice through prayer to use the time of this day wisely and lovingly. Today, I renew myself in mind and spirit. I allow time for prayer and insight, creating new energy and a better perspective for today and tomorrow spiritually with You, God.
Dear God, I pray that you will create new energy in me and a better perspective for today, and this week. Today, I seek ways to give my God-given gifts to others, as we go through this Advent season, anticipating the birth of Your Son..
Today, I give the special gift of my time to others. Today, I take time to write a note, make a call, or visit a friend or loved one in Your nature. Help me to make the best use of my time; help me to eliminate feelings of pressure and stress.
Today, with Your help, Lord, I allow time for something that gives me true joy. I know that with You, God, there is enough time to include the activities, hobbies, festivities, or leisure that I truly desire. Dear God, I give thanks for the precious gift of today.
In Jesus Christ’s name… Amen
Praying with you during this Advent Season.
God bless you,