In all situations and circumstances, let our first thought be always of you. Let our second thought be always of other people.
Let our third thought be always of ourselves.
But help us to take ourselves very, very seriously—in the right and helpful way.
After all, it is only as ourselves that we can love you and love others. And it is only as we pay appropriate attention to ourselves—to the state of our hearts and hands, to the state of our attitudes and actions—that we can open ourselves up to your Spirit, to your Word, and to your grace that will over time form and shape us into people whose first thought will always be of you and whose second thought will always be of others.
So let our third thought be of ourselves; let us think of how you are forming us to be people who love you with all we are and our neighbors as ourselves.