|This beautiful artwork was created by the very talented Julie Chen.
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I ought to speak with ever increasing love.
But I am not what I ought to be.
I wish to exude patience.
But I am not what I wish to be.
I hope to be an excellent ambassador of Christ.
But as of yet, I am not even what I hope to be.
But by the cross of Christ,
I see that love means sacrifice, even to death.
I see that patience means waiting long—very, very long.
I see that excellence means perfection in all things.
And I see I have fallen short by all accounts.
There on my knees at the cross,
Wrecked by what I cannot do and have not done,
Christ Jesus offers an exchange.
For my failed “ought-to be,” He crowns me with love.
For my lost “wish-to-be,” He lavishes patience.
For my striving “hope-to-be,” He declares, “I have done it.”
And because I rest in this great exchange…
I am not what I was.