God my Lord, keep me from entertaining what pleases me when it comes at the expense of doing what pleases you. Let me not substitute for spiritual ecstasies my worldly fantasies. Amen.
Found in an old journal. It is undated, but I suspect I wrote it sometime during my junior-year study of Genesis or my senior-year reading of Fear and Trembling.
Do not let me begin this trek without a calling. Even though I do not see my place and end on earth, I will walk to the west if you so much as hint that you do not want me in Ur. And if I should have walked east, lead me all around the earth to that one place where I might honor you.