Prayer for Responsibility

Give me, O God,
A sense of responsibility.

Give me…

A sense of responsibility to myself,
So that I may never waste the gifts
Which you have given to me;

A sense of responsibility to my parents,
So that I may do something to try to
Repay them for all the love and the care
They have given to me;

A sense of responsibility to my teachers,
So that all their patient teaching of me
May not go for nothing;

A sense of responsibility to my friends,
So that I may never disappoint them;

A sense of responsibility to those
Who have gone before me,
So that I may never forget what
My freedom and liberty cost, and that
I may hand on still finer the heritage
And the tradition into which I have entered;

A sense of responsibility to the world,
So that I may put into life
More than I take out;

A sense of responsibility to You,
So that I may always remember that
You loved me and gave yourself for me.

Help me remember what I have received,
And to use what I have and so to make
What I ought to out of this life of mine,
Which cost so much.

This I ask for your love’s sake, Amen.