Regular readers of my blog know that I am continually searching for ways to keep God foremost on my mind and in my actions—in other words, to pray without ceasing.
I came across this from the writings of Amy Carmichael, a missionary in South India during the first half of the twentieth century. When we are self-centered, she tells us to name the opposite:
Untruth—Thy truth, Lord
Unkindness—Thy kindness, Lord
Un-Impatience—Thy patience, Lord
Selfishness—Thy selfishness, Lord
Roughness—Thy gentleness, Lord
Discourtesy—Thy courtesy, Lord
Resentment, inward heat, fuss—Thy sweetness, Lord, Thy calmness, They
To keep it simple, just say, “Thy will, Lord.” In fact, it works even when my granddog wakes me up too early in morning.