Hi Everyone,
A massive thank you to everyone who has commented so positively on this poem, which I wrote recently. Feel free to download it and do what you want with it.
God bless you all – if you want to check out the charity that I lead and what we do, then click here -you can make an enquiry about me preaching there to, which many of you have been asking me about by text or email.
God bless you all
Malcolm Duncan


I want to be a God-gazer,

captured by the brilliance

that springs from the radiance

of You.

I want to be a God-gazer!

Not a cheap food grazer

or an easy option lazer.

I want to be a trail-blazer

for the ordinary, everyday life.

I want to be a God-gazer –

not just copying the halcyon ways

that shimmer brighter in the haze

of by-gone rays and the good old days.

I want to be a God-gazer!

Looking beyond the trappings of success,

cutting through the stucco of respectability

like a laser piercing darkness.

I want to be a God-gazer!

Reaching for the stars and

seeing beauty in the moment by

becoming fluent in the language

of the God Who is here, Who is now.

I want to be a God-gazer

until my imagination is saturated;

until my thirst is sated;

until my passion is stirred;

until my intellect is stretched

as far as it can be;

until my yearning yearns

for others to be free.

I want to be a God-gazer –

not a meetings manager

or a people pleaser

or a ‘tea and sympathy’ vicar –

not a leadership trainer,

not just a speaker

but a seeker.

I want to be a God-gazer…

and for a moment I want God

to gaze through me.

I want others to see

His eyes



and Love

above everything else in me.

I want to be a God-gazer

captured by the brilliance

that springs from the radiance

of You.


I want to be a Life-giver

not a life-sucker.

I want my life to be releasing

not appeasing or placating.

I want to be a Life-giver,

A drainpipe without blockages,

A circuit without stoppages,

A connector without breakages.

I want to be a Life-giver!

A ‘you can do it’ releaser,

A ‘have a go’ preacher,

A ‘you were born to do this’ pastor.

I want to be a Life-giver –

Seeing rivers flow, not die,

Seeing others rise and fly,

Helping friends reach for the stars

even if they sometimes miss.

At least they can say they tried.

I want to be a Life-giver,

Generous in spirit and in heart,

Letting the forgotten make a start

at being Life-givers, too.

I want to be a Life-giver

because I am a God-gazer

not because it’s about me

but because it’s about Him

because life can’t spring

from any other ‘thing’.

I want to be a Life-giver

connected to the Source

and pointing to the Son –

standing in the shadow of the Light

celebrating Him.


I want to be a World-changer

not just a furniture re-arranger

or an ‘it could be better’ winger

or a ‘have the left overs’ stinger.

I want to be a World-changer!

A doer, not just a talker.

I want to spread the clothes of heaven,

No more or less than a poor man’s dreams,

beneath the feet of Jesus.

I want to be a World-changer –

‘Cos on a morning many winters ago

the tomb was open

and the curse was broken.

Death had to let go

and re-creation burst out

of an old wineskin

like water from a geyser,

Like the cry of a child

pushed into the world

and nothing

would shut Him up.

I want to be a World-changer

because it’s started…

because the vanguards on the move…

and love is pushing out hate

and light is shining out

and darkness can’t understand it

beat it

change it

hide it

kill it

stop it


I want to be a World-changer

because there’s safety in this danger.

There’s meaning in this purpose.

There’s joy in this mission

and too many others are missing

the power of life in all its fullness.

World-changer? Life-giver? God-gazer.

God, break in – then break out

Fill – then make me leak.

Plug me in and push me out.

In me, through me, around me.

Make me a Patrick.

Make me a Brendan.

God-gazing, life-giving, world-changing.

Captured by the brilliance

that springs from the radiance

of You.

Malcolm Duncan

January 2010

(c) Malcolm Duncan

For more info, please contact malcolm@churchandcommunity.org


  1. Love love love this!! Used it now in two differing church settings and you could hear a pin drop both times! Wonderful. Spot on! Thank you!
    Shalom x x


  2. Beautiful! Inspirational and a challenge. How often do we settle for mediocre and what is safe or easy when we should be stepping out in trust with passion, zeal and love.
    Thank you.


  3. This is SO inspiring! Our pastor read it in a church meeting last night and it was really moving and so matched everything that I long for too. God-inspired!


  4. amen !!!wat an impact god made through malcolm at prestatyn 2011 i cried when he read this poem as it tugs the heartstrings!!cardiff city temple do be as equally touched when ai is read out on my return AMEN


  5. Dankon pro la bela blogo. Ĝi estis tre utila por mi. Konservu dividante tiajn ideojn en la estonteco tiel. Tiu estis fakte kion mi serĉis, kaj mi ĝojas venis tie! Danke por dividi la tia informo kun ni.


  6. So inspired by this poem which my friend read out at the end of her service of ordination and induction today 🙂 May God Bless you richly 🙂


  7. Hey Malcom, A friend sent this link to me because i lead monthly mini-spiritual retreat mornings called God-gazings…have been doing this since 2008. I’ve also run God-gazing morning prayer times at our conferences every now and then…prayer times that start with gazing at God via a bible passage or part of his nature then see what prayer flows from that…rich, so rich.
    I love this. It resonates with my spirit and my soul.


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