O god, be thou exalted over my possessions. None of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only thou art glorified in my life. Be thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses I shall keep my vow made this day before thee. Be thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. Rise, o Lord, into thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health, and even my life itself. Let me decrease that thou mayest increase, let me sink that thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”
This is sincerely the prayer of my heart today and everyday. Though I struggle with trusting others, my aim is to be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect. Though I miss the mark, I will never stop trying.