direct me

Lord, You know what is best;
  let this be done
  or that be done
  as You please.
Give what You will,
  as much as You will,
  when You will.
Do with me as You know best,
  as will most please You,
  and will be for Your greater honor.
Place me where You will
  and deal with me freely in all things.
I am in Your hand;
  turn me about whichever way You will.
Behold, I am Your servant,
  ready to obey in all things.
Not for myself do I desire to live,
  but for You –
  would that I could do this worthily and perfectly!

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The narrow door

O Lord Jesus Christ,
You did not come to the world to be served,
but also surely not to be admired
or in that sense to be worshiped.
You were the way and the truth –
and it was followers only that you demanded.
Arouse us therefore if we have dozed away into this delusion;
save us from the error of wishing to admire you
instead of being willing to follow you and resemble you.

Søren Kierkegaard, 1813 – 1855 Danish philosopher, theologian and author
from The Prayers of Kierkgaard, slightly edited

Luke 13:23-24

And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.