Poem of the Week: Only One Life by C.T. Studd

13 January 2012


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. 

How appropriate is this poem at the start of twenty twelve, when we all are evaluating our lives and realizing what areas need improvement. It's important to remember that material things, though enjoyable, fade away. Only what's done for Christ will last . . . Any thoughts you'd care to share relating to this topic?

10 epistles:

  1. Beautiful poem. One of my favorites.

    -Carli

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  2. The first time I heard this poem, I fell in love with it. The words are so deep and rich and the message rings true. It's wise to continually evaluate our priorities and what we are doing with our time to see if we are using our life for God's glory or our own.

    Your new blog design is lovely, by the way. :)

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  3. Lovely. I love reading poetry♥

    xoxo,
    Jessica
    Diary of a Beautiful Soul

    P.S This new design is great!

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  4. I love this poem, Elizabeth, very much, and it is one of my favourites. "Only one life, twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." Amen! I think, like you shared, this poem speaks a lot to me, about not wasting our life (which is really very short, no matter how long life is. It is just one life) in the earthly things that will fade, but on the eternal, the heavenly. on Jesus. He gave His life for us! May we live our lives for Him, glorifying Him in every moment of our life. Thank you for sharing this poem :).

    Oh, I just LOVE your new blog design. It is so dainty and peaceful. Lovely! P.S. I love blue too =D.

    In His love,
    ~Joy @ joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow!! Love this design!!! (: :D

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  6. I'm glad the soundtrack is back. I LOVE it :).

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  7. I think your blog is lovely…blue is so old-fashioned, delicate and charming. The background enhances your photo of the exquisite pink rose.

    ~From Jane to You~

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  8. Wonderful creation !

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  9. Wonderful Creator !

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  10. So true and awesome, (are you listening, I'm talking to me). Paul said in Romans 1: 16; " I'm not ashamed of the gospel of God, for it's the power of God unto Salvation". We need more of the gospel preached in the pulpit, but first in the home.

    I'm so thankful for his grace...

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