TO LIVE FOR GOD, TO LIVE FOR MAN
In this short life I have been placed
To fear my God and keep His ways.
He gives me all things to enjoy;
All good things which He employs.
To put Him first is my highest aim;
But to fall short brings deepest shame.
I love my God and He loves me;
Where else can be found such serenity?
Now to live for God means to live for man;
And I must show him the way to heav'n.
My life must be so clean and pure;
That all may see Jesus in my demure.
To teach His pure and simple Word;
Which, when obeyed, brings joy unfurled.
And peace that understanding escapes;
Will guard my heart and thoughts each day.
But what if I should a stumblingblock be;
For a soul to be lost because of me?
Yes, that dear soul for which Christ died;
And I destroy because of pride?
Do I, in this life, for selfishness live?
Then I, dear Lord, have completely forbid.
"Deny thyself," He said to me;
Can I but whisper, "no" to He?
A godly conscience I pray to have;
Void of offense toward God and man.
But I must walk within the light;
And say "NO" to sin in all its delight.
With the help of God I will rejoice;
To see His will done in my every choice.
Help me O Lord, to apply Thy Word;
That I may not stumble, and become a scourge.
David L. Odom
April 18, 1984
Cat's Eye Nebula