A PRAYER OF REPENTANCE
My failures to be true even to my own accepted standards:
My self-deception in the face of temptation; My choosing of the worse when I know the better;
O Lord, forgive.
My failure to apply to myself the standards of conduct I demand of others;
My blindness to the suffering of others and my slowness to be taught by my own;
My complacence toward wrongs that do not touch my own case and my over sensitiveness to those that do;
My slowness to see the good in my fellows and to see the evil in myself;
My hardness of heart toward my neighbor’s faults and my readiness to make allowances for my own;
My unwillingness to believe that thou hast called me to a small work and my brother to a great one; 0 Lord, forgive.
—Excerpted from A Diary of Private Prayer
by Scottish theologian John Baillie