IF I HAD A THOUSAND LIVES TO LIVE
By Glenn Pease
If I had a thousand lives to live,
I’d live them all for you.
If I had a thousand lives to give,
I’d give them all for you.
If I had a thousand eyes to see,
I’d devote all to see your face.
If I had a thousand legs to run,
I’d be running to your grace.
If I had a thousand tongues to sing
I’d be praising your great name.
If I had a thousand bells to ring,
I’d be proclaiming your great fame.
If I had a thousand books to write,
I’d be writing of your love.
If I had a thousand ways of flight,
I’d be soaring to you above.
If I had a thousand prayers to pray,
I’d direct them to your throne.
If I had a thousand debts to pay,
I’d know you’d make them your own.
If I had a thousand ears to hear,
I’d be listening to your voice.
If I had a thousand friends to cheer,
I’d still make you my first choice.
If I had a thousand minds to think,
I’d develop thoughts so fine.
If I had a thousand thoughts to think,
I’d think the greatest is, your mine.
If I had a thousand tears to cry,
I’d cry for all the lost.
For I know that for them you did die,
And you gladly paid the cost.
If I had a thousand ways to say,
How much you love them all,
I know many would come your way,
And give heed to your call.
But I haven’t got a thousand
Of anything I know.
I haven’t got a thousand
Of anything to show.
So one thing comes through so clearly,
I’ve got the wrong number here.
The number Christ holds most dearly
Should bring to our heart much cheer.
So though I only have one chance
To live a life for you,
Help me daily to advance,
And show that it is true.
One life is all that’s needed
To bring the dark world light.
One life, when your Words heeded
Can bring victory in the fight.
We don’t need a thousand of anything at all.
We just need a thousand times to listen to your call.
Give us a thousand blessings as before your throne we fall,
That we with just a single life can exalt you above all.
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