Only One Life

DSC_0064“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.”

“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~


This is probably my favourite poem….because it is so poignant. So encouraging. A reminder that truly we only have been given one life, and we have a duty before God to use our life to glorify Him forever, in everything we do.

I am reminded of the words of a wise man at our church. He spoke one day about a gravestone, being marked with the date of your birth, and the date of your death. And between each of these dates there is a hyphen mark, a little straight line, and that line is the significance of your life. In that line that marks the duration of your life, all you have accomplished is resembled….all the great things, and all the small things. The things we have done, and the things we have failed to do. That line tells us, with no words at all, about your life. It brings to memory what you were known for, remembered for. How will your life be remembered when you have passed from this life into eternity?

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One comment

  1. Stephanie says:

    Oh, so very true! I have always enjoyed these words from C.T. Studd. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and thought-provoking post with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs and blessings!

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