FOLLOWING JESUS

My sole duty, responsibility?

My sole duty is response!

So when God’s call came clearly to me,

I know well how to pronounce–

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“I will!  I am ready!  Lord send me!”

No argument, just say, yes!

Seems God had a hard time with saints long ago!

Almost like treading on glass!

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Yes, I do mean yes!  Let God work it out!

No need to fear any outcome,

You know God’s will is the best!

And forget about income!

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God saw us through three years or more,

On three-thousand dollars a year.

With places to sleep, plenty to do!

Hunger?  Never a fear!

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The Baptizer lived most of his life

On locusts and wild honey.

While I spent only six wartime months

On bullion and strong coffee!

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Lost thirty pounds, stayed down for 3 years,

Little more than muscle!

To stay healthy, alive, and kicking,

Learned how to hustle!

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Years dodging bullets can keep you trim,

Strange how they can miss you.

Army life, exercise, God’s protection, yes,

God’s protection keeps you!

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Glad to say, yes, after many close calls!

Yes, to pastoral training!

Yes, to claiming the one girl for me!

Yes, and who’s complaining?

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Long hours, of course, work to do,

Study, preach, compare,

To a life of indulgence, lassitude,

Sure, I lost some hair!

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And I lost those sins, God keeps me clean!

My love for Him each day,

Pronounces, “Abide with me,”

For it is a narrow way!

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Narrow and straight!  Keep on keeping on!

Only one way to know!

To God’s blessed everlasting,

Just one way to show!

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Sam Cox 06.29.09

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