Who Am I, Really?

Are Life’s toughest lessons
viewed in our rearview mirrors;
like we learn from our failures
we’ve been told all these years?

But true wisdom’s not learned
through our own mistakes;
true wisdom is learned
through mistakes other’s make.

The Pharisee’s thought they were something
but God said they were frauds,
though they strutted like peacocks
their being was flawed.

From that we should learn
it’s not how we appear,
but what’s in our hearts
that draws our God near.

Can you know who to trust,
with all the noise in the world
that seems to make sense
until the results do unfold.

Jesus said it’s not the outside
that’s important to Him;
it’s what’s on the inside
that determines our end.

We talk about weaknesses,
not about strengths;
we’re fine with our strong points,
it’s the weak ones we ain’t.

Business’ that talk of good service
you can bet that it’s not;
or, how much they can help you
don’t believe all that rot.

With me it’s relationships
that I talk about often,
not because I’m relational
but because there I’m wanting.

Or, government does it better,
their record shows that’s a lie;
if it had all the answers
would our debt be so high?

Obama talks about transparency,
history proves that he’s not;
our deficiencies plague us
and we talk most about.

What motivates us
to do what we do?
Are we driven by good thoughts
or self-interest askew?

My need for perfection,
rooted in wanting to please,
people won’t like me
if there’s nothing received.

But when your standards perfection,
you can’t drop your guard,
one mistake kills your record
and in the end you’re a fraud.

God makes no mistakes,
we’re made how He planned;
we’re not freaks of nature,
we’ve been made by God’s hands.

But knowing our true self
and Whose image we bear,
frees us for life’s journey,
knowing God’s really there.

If we see self as God does
we’ll be wrapped head to toe
with Jesus’ righteousness,
His holiness, not show!

Mason Swinney

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About menmourningmoments

I'm happily married, the Father of 2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Death is all around us but somehow we've managed to distance ourselves from it. Men, Mourning, Moments is about how the death of my son awakened me to life & the desire to seize every moment as though it were my last. It's about making sense of life in the good times and bad and allowing GOD to carry me and teach me through the hard times in life.
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2 Responses to Who Am I, Really?

  1. Amy says:

    This is beautiful Mason, I really enjoyed this poem.


  2. Thank you for reading and replying Amy. Isabella’s poem is coming along.


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