My mother-in-law worked for the City for most of her life, retiring as Secretary to the Cincinnati City Manager. She passed away in February, 2007. While looking through some old books, I discovered one of her Bibles. As with a lot of people, she collected items in her Bible that meant something to her. I came across these two poems, which seemed appropriate and worth living by even today. I hope you enjoy them and they stir you as they did me.
You Tell On Yourself
You tell on youself by the friends you seek,
By the very manner in which you speak.
By the way you employ your leisure time,
By the use you make of dollar and dime.
You tell what you are by the things you wear,
By the spirit in which your burdens you bear.
By the kind of things at which you laugh.
by the records you play on your phonograph.
You tell what you are by the way you walk,
By the things of which you delight to talk.
By the manner in which you bear defeat,
By so simple a thing as how you eat.
By the books you choose from the well-filled shelf,
In these ways and many more, you tell on yourself;
No, there's really no particle of sense,
In an effort to keep up the false pretense.
"the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:3
My life shall touch a dozen lives before this day is done;
Leave countless marks for good or ill Ere sets the evening sun.
So this the wish I always wish. The prayer I ever pray;
"Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way."
~My Influence, G. Knight