ONLY ONE LIFE

                                                                                         Anonymous

Two little lines I heard one day

As I plodded on in my usual way;

And they rang in my ears again and again,

Repeating in solemn, sweet refrain:

"Only one life, ‘twill soon be past;

Only what‘s done for God will last."

 

"Only one life?" yes, only one;

Soon will its fleeting hours be done;

Am I living this life for self alone?

At the Judgement Seat shall the truth be known.

"Only one life, ‘twill soon be past;

Only what’s done for God will last."

 

"Only one life"…a few brief years,

Each with its burden of hopes and fears;

Each with its record of good and ill,

As I please myself, or obey His will.

"Only one life, ‘twill soon be past;

Only what’s done for God will last."

 

Give me, Father, a purpose deep

In joy or sorrow Thy trust to keep;

And so, through trouble, and care, and strife,

To glorify Thee in my daily life.

"Only one life, ‘twill soon be past;

Only what’s done for God will last."

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