Thursday, May 26, 2011

Only One Life

I very rarely write in my Bibles.  I've found that the things I write in my Bible are soon less relevant to my life than I originally thought.  My underlining and highlighting keeps my eyes focused only on certain verses, and then sometimes I miss the riches found in the surrounding verses, or I am distracted from a flow of thought by only focusing on the individual verses.  Very rarely does something make it into my Bible, but there are a couple of quotes that I've written in my Bibles that are near and dear to me.  These quotes declare truths that I need to be reminded of often.  One of these quotes is the following:  "Only one life, 'twill soon be past; Only what's done for Christ will last."  I recently discovered that this quote was originally written as part of a larger poem by C.T. Studd, a great missionary to China, India, and Africa.  The poem is below:

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
 

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say, "Thy will be done";
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say "twas worth it all";
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

— extra stanza —

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

C.T. Studd

1 comment:

PJ's 'Til Noon said...

Finally a new post. I'm thankful to have read that right when I did, and I'm thankful for you sharing such a powerful poem.