I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all–the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.
I would be learning, day by day, the lessons
My heavenly Father gives me in his Word:
I would be quick to hear his lightest whisper,
And prompt and glad to do the things I’ve heard.–Howard Arnold Walter–1883-1918