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If by Rudyard Kipling

We Christians often throw around the word “grace.” Christian leaders seem to struggle to live out an example of grace. And we don’t see it in the realm of politics anymore. Grace seems to go begging in the media. What does it mean practically? Where does a young person seeking to understand gr…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
We Christians often throw around the word “grace.” Christian leaders seem to struggle to live out an example of grace. And we don’t see it in the realm of politics anymore. Grace seems to go begging in the media. What does it mean practically? Where does a young person seeking to understand grace look?
 
Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem, “If”, gives us a standard to measure our lives by. I suggest meditating on it today and asking yourself the question, “How does my life look?”
 

If 

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a man my son!

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