I Am One

I came across a piece of paper in the shape of a number one, in my Salvation Army songbook earlier today. On that piece of paper were the following words:

I am only one,
But I am one:
I cannot do everything,
But I can do something.
 
What I can do,
I ought to do;
And what I ought to do,
By the grace of God, I will.

I have no recollection of who gave me that or even when I was given it, but those words struck a chord with me. Many times in our lives we can feel like everyone needs or wants a piece of us, and we have no time for ourselves, but would God really want us to do everything ourselves!?

God only ever wants and needs us to do His will. He will always ensure He does not give us more to do than we can cope with – it may not seem like that to us at the time, but God has assured us He will not let this happen.

So if you feel like life is getting on top of you and everyone needs you or wants you to do things doe them and you’ve no time for yourself, remember  God is with you and will not give you more to cope with than you can handle.

One Life To Live, a song I used to sing in our Singing Company (junior choir) at Rutherglen Salvation Army. A song which I used to thoroughly enjoy singing, not just because I loved the melody and the accompaniment but because the words truly meant something to me…and still do. Please listen to and enjoy this song, performed here by the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army:

One live to live
Oh may I live for thee
Give me your spirit
And I shall be free
Free from desire
My own way to pursue
Free to obey your will
My whole life through
 
I live within a whole full of confusion
Where happiness is nothing but illusion
Attractions that deceive
In what can I believe
I’m tossed about by every wind that blows
 
One live to live
Oh may I live for thee
Give me your spirit
And I shall be free
Free from desire
My own way to pursue
Free to obey your will
My whole life through
 
I live when I receive your holy spirit
A promise that you said I would inherit
You’ve planned it from the start
I give to you my heart
And now my spirit really can be free
 
One live to to live
Oh may I live for thee
Give me your spirit
And I shall be free
Free from desire
My own way to pursue
Free to obey your will
My whole life through

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