Everything I Do, I Do It For Me
Author: Mark Spencer


People think I'm benevolent,
For that's the face I wear.
I'm very active in the church,
You'll often find me there.

The largest tithes my church receives,
Are donated by me.
So they made me a church elder;
Rewards for charity.

I did some missionary work,
When I was twenty one.
A deed that left my soul fulfilled,
And proud of what I'd done.

But if that work had no rewards,
Or it should cause me pain;
If death loomed over me each day,
Then I would have abstained.

For everything that I have done,
My many charities,
Has gained me something in return,
And compensated me.

I began writing poetry,
And posting it online.
I would comment on another's work,
If they applauded mine.

Though I claimed to appreciate,
The art of poetry,
I would not read the works of those
Who gave no praise to me.

It's the same at public readings,
When others don't applaud.
Sometimes I will critique their work
And tell them where it's flawed.

But if somebody pointed out
My selfish tendencies;
I'd proudly put them in their place,
With righteous expertise.

And anyone who judges me,
Or chooses this approach,
They will regret taking that path,
When they face my reproach.

It doesn't matter if it's true,
Nobody has the right
To draw attention to my deeds,
Or bring such things to light.

I want people to think that I
Am selfless in my heart.
So don't point out my selfish acts,
For that would not be smart.

It's taken many years for me
To create my facade.
And if it fools all of my peers,
It might even fool God.

But can the Lord be so deceived?
Can wolves pose as a lamb?
Or will the Lord look through my masks,
At who I really am?


Comments on this poem/writing:

Megan ( -- Wednesday, February 27 2008, 11:46 am

God sees everything!

All of a man's ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart. I can't tell you how many times I've encountered people like this, both in church, and online.
Russ ( -- Tuesday, March 11 2008, 09:39 am

Well said.

I understand exactly what you're saying. I see this kind of behavior all the time.
Aj ( -- Tuesday, March 11 2008, 03:30 pm


Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love it. Likely ill be quoting you many times in the days to come. =]
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