Monday, October 6, 2008

Regaining Focus

Lately I've been distracted by illness, busyness, halloween candy...  but now it's time to refocus on the important stuff.  I came across this prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas in Elisabeth Elliot's "Keep a Quiet Heart" and was moved by the simple way it captures the essence of where I need to focus.

"Grant, O Lord my God, that I may never fall away in success or in failure; that I may not be prideful in prosperity nor dejected in adversity.  Let me rejoice only in what unites us and sorrow only in what separates us.  May I strive to please no one or fear to displease anyone except Yourself.  May I seek always the things that are eternal and never those that are only temporal.  May I shun any joy that is without You and never seek anything beside You.  O Lord, may I delight in any work I do for You and tire of any rest that is apart from You.  My God, let me direct my heart towards You, and in my failings always repent with a purpose of amendment."



Tiffany said...

I have "Keep a Quiet Heart" and absolutely love it. That is truly one of the best books I own. Thanks for sharing!
I have certainly been losing my way in all the busyness and am working on prioritizing myself.

chewhi said...

yes, Lord, amen.

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