Lord Make A Better Person of Me

Lately I’ve been feeling cranky.  I’m not sure why, but things and people are just irritating me.  Maybe I’m tired, or have taken on too many responsibilities and need to cut back;  maybe there are many changes going on in my life and I’m feeling out of control;  maybe I’m just letting sin get a foothold.  Whatever the cause, I realize it’s something I need to pray about and change.  I’ve been thinking about this poem by Edgar Guest.  Guest (1881-1959) was an American poet who was quite popular and became known as the people’s poet.  He wrote inspirational and encouraging poems about daily life.  I’ve seen this one tweeked a bit by substituting “make a better person of me” for “make a regular man out of me.”  When I do that, it fits my thinking very well.  It’s what the process of sanctification is all about.  I’d like it to make it my prayer for today.

This I would like to be- braver and bolder,
Just a bit wiser because I am older,
Just a bit kinder to those I may meet,
Just a bit manlier taking defeat;
This for the New Year my wish and my plea-
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be- just a bit finer,
More of a smiler and less of a whiner,
Just a bit quicker to stretch out my hand
Helping another who’s struggling to stand,
This is my prayer for the New Year to be,
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be- just a bit fairer,
Just a bit better, and just a bit squarer,
Not quite so ready to censure and blame,
Quicker to help every man in the game,
Not quite so eager men’s failings to see,
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be- just a bit truer,
Less of the wisher and more of the doer,
Broader and bigger, more willing to give,
Living and helping my neighbor to live!
This for the New Year my prayer and my plea-
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

Edgar Albert Guest

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