Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
What do you think? Should I try out for my school’s varsity choir with this song? Make a splash in the pond by proclaiming Christ my treasure? No, it really wouldn’t be a splash.
Because my choir director has told me that she would pray for me before. Mr Mann, an administrator who judges auditions, has a bible in his office and has offered the prayer group use of his office when in need of a place to meet. I am extremely thankful for these two individuals. And for others in my school(like Mme Lefler and Mr Jarnagin) who do not make an effort to hide their faith. In a public school so many times christian students feel like the whole world is against them and their peers and teachers want to squash the life out of them. I have found this to be quite untrue. In my experience despite the public nature of East the teachers come out and put their beliefs out there for all to see. In a show choir competition we went up against a catholic school. East Varsity sang a gospel medley, and the catholic school sang all disney songs. the same thing happened last year.
Today I thank God for all the teachers in my life that have been a spiritual encouragement to me. Because I know that if a teacher can be a light in a dark place when their job is at risk, then I can be a light when all I risk is my pride.