Lord of all life,
There is one thing that deserves my greatest care,
that calls forth my fervent desires,
That is, that I may answer the great end for which I am made –
to glorify you who gave me life,
and to do all the good I can for my fellow men;
Truly, life is not worth having
if it is not improved for this noble purpose.
Yet, Lord, how little is this the thought of humanity!
Most people seem to live for themselves,
without much or any regard for your glory,
or for the good of others;
They earnestly desire and eagerly pursue
the riches, prestige, and pleasures of this life,
as if they believed that wealth, or greatness, or self-indulgence,
could make their immortal souls happy;
But, what false delusive dreams are these!
And in a little while, how miserable will those be that sleep in them,
for all our happiness consists in loving you,
and being holy as you are holy.
O may I never fall into the seduction and narcissism,
the carnality and foolishness of the present world!
It is a place of inexpressible sorrow, a vast empty nothingness;
Time is a moment, a vapour,
and all its enjoyments are empty bubbles,
momentary blasts of wind,
from which nothing satisfactory can be derived;
Give me grace always to keep in covenant with you,
and to reject as delusion a great name here or hereafter,
together with all sinful pleasures or achievements.
Help me to know continually
that there can be no true happiness,
no fulfilling of your purpose for me,
apart from a life lived in and for Jesus Christ.