I am not what I ought to be —
ah, how imperfect and deficient!
I am not what I wish to be —
I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good!
I am not what I hope to be —
soon, soon shall I put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection.
Yet, though I am not what I ought to be,
nor what I wish to be,
nor what I hope to be,
I can truly say, I am not what I once was;
a slave to sin and Satan;
and I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge,
“By the grace of God I am what I am.”
– John Newton, as quoted in The Christian Pioneer