Less Like Me

May be an image of tree, nature and body of water

Oh, I have days I lose the fight
Try my best but just don’t get it right
Well I talk a talk that I don’t walk
And miss the moments right before my eyes

Musing on this Zach Williams song… I’ve appreciated and been challenged by it…

His starting point is failure – failure to live up to his own expectations. He doesn’t live up to the standards he says he lives by. I identify with that.

Somebody with a hurt that I could have helped
Somebody with a hand that I could have held
When I just can’t see past myself
Oh Lord, help me be

Hindered by his own self-centredness he sees opportunities he’s missed, people he could have helped, needs he should have responded to…

A little more like mercy, a little more like grace
A little more like kindness, goodness, love, and faith
A little more like patience, a little more like peace
A little more like Jesus, a little less like me

I muse on these attributes. I wish I had more – mercy… grace… kindness…qualities that will change me to be less self-centred and more like the person I could be.

It is about building and developing my character – not some impossible, immediate, grand transformation, but ‘a little more’… today’s improvement.

Oh, I want to feed the beggar on the street
Love to be your hands and feet
Freely give what I receive
Lord, help me be
I want a friendship first above all else
Love my neighbor as myself
In the moments no one sees

Lord help me be… in the practicalities of daily living. This isn’t some discussion about beliefs, theory or theology; it’s about the sort of person I should be.

These are my aspirations, my hopes, my intentions. This is my prayer…

A little more like mercy, a little more like grace… A little more like Jesus, a little less like me.

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