“I am not what I ought to be. Ah! how imperfect and deficient.
Not what I might be, considering my privileges and opportunities.
Not what I wish to be. God, who knows my heart, knows I wish to be like him.
I am not what I hope to be; ere long to drop this clay tabernacle, to be like him and see him as He is.
Not what I once was, a child of sin, and a slave of the devil.
Thought not all these, not what I ought to be, not what I might be, not what I wish or hope to be, and not what I once was, I think I can truly say with the apostle, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am‘ (1 Corinthians 15:10).”
John Newton (1725-1807), Letters by the Rev. John Newton, 400.