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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)

TITLE: Teach me, Lord
By Susan Johnstone
10/31/06


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I am a bundle of contradictions.
I value honesty
while hiding myself
behind a facade.
I try to love my neighbour
but sometimes it's hard
just to love myself.
I promote hope to those around me
yet this doesn't hold back the bleak days
where I get discouraged myself
and forget to thank God for all I have
and all I am.

Teach me, Lord, to be the person You created me to be.

I want to display the fruits of the Spirit;
Others say I'm more like a fruitcake.
I want patience
and I want it NOW!
I want goodness when I know
I am rotten to the core.
I want to be humble
yet even when
my outer demeanor is meek
and unassuming
I know my inner self is proud of my 'humility'.

Teach me, Lord, to reflect Your character fully.

Enoch walked with God
for hundreds of years.
I can't seem to manage walking with God
for one whole day.
I often struggle to pray while my mind wanders...
Thinking of all the things to do today.
I try to surrender my life
while childishly hanging onto the bits
of which I'd rather keep control.

Teach me, Lord, to rest in You.

The essence of salvation
is a pure and simple thing:
Just have faith and follow God.
Although it's easy to jump on the religious band-wagon
and get caught up
in making myself look good
Thinking this earns me a better position in heaven.
I brashly think my ‘christianity’ is better than Christ’s.
Sometimes I look at all my good works and think
I'm someone pretty special.
When really it's Jesus' sacrificial work
that makes me special in His Father's eyes.

Teach me, Lord, to truly know Your grace.

Teach me, Lord...
And help me to never stop loving You.


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Lisa Vest11/03/06
If we let Him be, the Lord can be our greatest teacher. Thank you for sharing this free verse poem that reads like a prayer from the heart. We can probably all see ourselves in this poem. I especially liked the line about trying to love others, when we don't even love ourselves. There's a great message there. Good job!
cindy yarger11/04/06
Honesty is so refreshing. I liked the spirit of this piece - well done.
Donna Emery11/07/06
I smiled at the line about Enoch walking with the Lord for so long but how the writer feels like they can't walk with God for a day. I can relate! Good poem... thanks for sharing it!
Monique Fox11/13/06
Please post more of your poems at Poetry and Poets of God: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poetryandpoetsofgod/