C.T. Studd on YOLO

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 days 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.

C.T. Studd (1860-1931)

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