Our Rewards

Gerald Boyer
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When we are given our rewards:

I would prefer to be found erring
on the side of grace
rather than judgment;

To have loved too much
rather than too little;

To have forgiven the undeserving
rather than to have refused forgiveness
to one who deserved it;

To have fed a vagabond
rather than to have neglected one
who was truly hungry;

To have been taken advantage of
rather than to have taken
undue advantage;

To have believed too much in others
rather than too little;

To have been wrong on the side
of too much trust
rather than too much cynicism;

To have believed the best
and been wrong,
rather than to have believed
the worst and been right.