Only One Life - Gordon Bond

"Only One Life"

 

Lord willing, August 1 will mark my 54th birthday.  If I'm blessed to reach the statistical average life expectancy of a U.S. male (78.94 as of 2014), I could anticipate another 25 years on this earth.  However, the apostle James soberly warns us not to anticipate even life tomorrow and the Psalmist reminds us to number our days.

 

​James 4:14 - "you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes". - ESV​

 

​Psalm 90:12 - ​"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom​"​.​ - ESV​

 

The following poem concerning life and priorities has been thought provoking and inspirational to me.  I trust it will bless you as well.

 

Gordon

 

​Only One Life

by C.T. Studd​

 

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

 

 

 

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