“In his old age, when he could no longer see to read, John Newton, the author of “Amazing Grace” heard someone recite this verse, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am,’ (1 Corinthians 15:10). He remained silent a short time, and then said:”
“I am not what I ought to be. Ah! How imperfect and deficient.
I am not what I might be, considering my privileges and opportunities.
I am 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. Before long, I will drop this clay tabernacle, to be like Him and see Him as He is! Yet, I am not what I once was — a child of sin, and slave of the devil! Though 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!’”
By John Newton, “John Newton’s Tombstone,” www.gracegems.org/quotes.