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Aug

10

2011

Only One Life

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last." This oft-quoted line so succinctly puts into focus what really matters in life, and well summarizes how I want to live my life. However, it sadly is always quoted without any references. I think I heard first from John Piper in his book Don't Waste Your Life. Well, I finally and happily found a reference today! 

It was apparently written by C. T. Studd, a missionary to China, India and Africa (source). Here is the full text I found:

Only One Life

By Charles Thomas 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 Judgment 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. 

 

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