“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

An Upright and Godly Life

(Please read Titus 2:11-14)

April 23

 Here’s a little poem that dates back to at least the 1940’s. The author is unknown, and this may not be the original version since several variations exist. But please read it and let its lesson go with you today.

When you think, when you speak, when you read, when you write,
When you sing, when you walk, when you seek for delight –
To be kept from all wrong when at home or abroad,
Live always as under the eyes of the Lord.

Whatever you think, never think what you feel
You would blush, in the presence of God, to reveal;
Whatever you speak, in a whisper or clear,
Say nothing you would not like Jesus to hear.

Whatever you read, though the page may allure,
Read nothing of which you are perfectly sure
Consternation at once would be seen in your look
If God should say solemnly, “Show me that book.”

Whatever you write, though in haste or in heed,
Write nothing you would not like Jesus to read;
Whatever you sing, in the midst of your glees,
Sing nothing His listening ear would displease.

Wherever you go, never go where you fear
Lest the great God should ask you, “Why are you here?”
Turn away from each pleasure you’d shrink from pursuing
If God should look down and say, “What are you doing?”

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