May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half truths, superficial relationships,
so that you will live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
so that you will work for justice, equality and peace.
May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war,
so that you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with the foolishness
to think that you can make a difference in the world,
so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
The man who puts God’s business above any other business.
The man who brings his children to church rather than sending them.
The man who is willing to be the right example to every boy he meets.
The man who thinks more of his Sunday school class than his Sunday sleep.
The man who measures his giving by what he has left, rather than by the amount he gives.
The man who goes to church for Christ’s sake rather than for himself or for someone else.
The man who has a willing mind rather than a brilliant mind.
The man who has a passion to help rather than a passion to be helped.
The man who can see his own faults before he sees the faults of others.
The man who is more concerned about winning others for Christ than he is about winning worldly honor.
The Lord keeps a clean house
I heard someone knocking at my heart´s door,
and I looked to see that it was Jesus the Lord.
I knew right away that I couldn´t let him in,
because my heart was too dirty from the stains of sin.
Jealousy and strife hung on the walls
Lying and cheating litered the halls
Envy and lust hung on the shelf
Along with alcohol and drugs that I had put there myself.
Hatred and malice was scattered all around.
Murder and robbery could even be found.
Fornication and adultery were plentiful too.
Jesus kept knocking, but what could I do?
I said, “Lord, it´s too dirty for you to come in.
Wait another day, and come back again.
Let me clean it up the best that I can,
so that when you return, I´ll be a better man”.
But the Lord said, “Child, you listen to me.
There´s no possible way you can get it clean.
You´ve tried and you´ve tried, but it still looks the same.
But I´ll clean it for you by the power of my name.
It´s something that you just cannot do alone.
But I´ll wash it with my blood, because it is my home.
So open the door and let me come in.
I´ll clean up those dirty stains of sin”.
I opened the door and he was faithful and true.
He cleaned it right up, now everything´s new.
Now when my heart gets dirty, it doesn´t stay for long.
Because Jesus, my Lord, keeps a very clean home.