Sermon Illustrations > Conscience > Myself


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I have to live with myself, and so I want to be fit for myself to know,I want to be able, as days go by,Always to look myself straight in the eye;

I don't want to stand, with the setting sun,And hate myself for the things I've done.I don't want to keep on the closet shelfA lot of secrets about myself,

And fool myself, as I come and go, Into thinking that nobody else will knowThe kind of a man I really am;I don't want to dress up myself in sham.

I want to go out with my head erect,I want to deserve all men's respect;But here in the struggle for fame and pelfI want to be able to like myself.

I don't want to look at myself and knowThat I'm bluster and bluff and empty show.I can never hide myself from me;I see what others may never see;

I know what others may never know,I never can fool myself, and so,Whatever happens, I want to beSelf-respecting and conscience free.