The Greatest Test

Help me to walk so close to Thee

That those who know me best can see

I live as godly as I pray,

And Christ is real from day to day.


I see some once, a day, or year,

To them I blameless might appear;

‘Tis easy to be kind and sweet

To people whom we seldom meet.


But in my home are those who see

Too many times the worst of me.

My hymns of praise were best unsung

If He does not control my tongue.


When I am vexed and sorely tried

And my impatience cannot hide,

May no one stumble over me

Because Thy love they failed to see.


But give me Lord, a life that sings,

And victory over little things.

Give me Thy calm for every fear,

Thy peace for every falling tear.


Make mine, O Lord, thru calm and strife

A gracious and unselfish life.

Help me with those who know me best,

For Jesus’ sake, to stand the test.