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Passing the Test

By Patience Strong

To everyone a gift is given and a problem set.
There’s a mission to fulfill, a challenge to be met…
A special work to carry out that no one else can do–
A task to be accomplished, and to this we must be true.

Do not envy anyone because they seem to be–
Lucky, happy, and content, from care and worry free…
Everybody is on trial in their appointed sphere-
A smiling face may mask an ugly scar, a secret fear.

Covet nothing, envy none, for all have things to bear
Everything is balanced, God is good and life is fair…
Who has had the worst of it and who has had the best–
None can say, for each must pass his individual test.

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