Today I have decided to share with you my “testimony” in poetry format!
Some years ago I actually heard a Christian speaker suggest that we write out our Christian “testimony”, to distribute it to any interested people, rather than simply using pre-printed “gospel tracts”. So I thought that was a jolly good idea so off I went & did just that. But then I thought, you know what, I will go one step further & try putting it into a poem. So here we have it for you today.
A Life Worth Living
When I was young sometimes I’d ponder
Upon the meaning my life could hold.
We work to eat to sleep to work,
Was meaning enough I was told.
I tried to buy into this theory.
I tried the pleasures this life could give.
I tried to stifle deeper longings.
I tried the worldly way to live.
Though years passed by in worldly sins
I still longed to know The Truth.
As lurking deep inside my heart
Were still the questions of my youth.
Was there really no ultimate reason
For our short life here on this earth?
Should we just spend our time with self-seeking
All the way to the grave from our birth?
By my twenties I started to worry.
Could my life be on a wrong path?
What if there was good and evil,
Then maybe I’d be facing God’s wrath?
These feelings got stronger and stronger
I began to feel very nervous indeed,
As I realised my master was evil,
And I desperately wished to be freed.
Yet I didn’t know how to go about it.
I was lost in the darkness afraid.
Could anyone help me or save me?
From such evil was there no shade?
I now longed for a safe place, a refuge;
A strong Saviour to come rescue me.
Then finally someone made a suggestion,
That Christ Jesus could set me quite free.
So I went to a couple of churches
To see if help there could be had.
Yet I felt quite disdainful and hostile,
For folks were just ludicrously glad!
Singing hymns and praise songs made them happy.
They clapped with great smiles on their face.
And though I was looking for freedom,
I thought that I’d got the wrong place!
But suddenly I had such strange feelings,
Like a battle for my soul being wrought.
I plunged into the greatest of anguish
As the Saviour so fiercely fought.
He fought off that greatest deceiver,
Satan, who then owned my soul.
Now in tears of heart-felt repentance
Christ Jesus was making me whole.
He forgave me for all of my folly
And a life spent with self on the throne.
He vanquished the darkness inside me,
And filled me as one of His own.
Now I felt brand new and quite altered.
My morals were turned upside down.
I now knew a wonderful Saviour,
And displayed a bright smile not a frown.
Lying and stealing and drinking
Now belonged to my past as you’ll see.
In my heart I now knew for certain
That Christ paid for my sins on that tree.
The cross He was nailed to at Calvary,
When He laid down His life for us all.
So if you ever start to get a bit worried,
Just listen to the Saviour’s call.
For He is always ready and waiting
For the weakest of cries for His aid,
For He loves with the greatest of loves,
For your sins too the full price He has paid.
I had another poem that I had written as a seventeen year old youth. I think that the contrast for me between the old me & the new Christian-born-again me, just five years after writing this next poem, was that I found out that actually there truly IS an “ultimate point” to my life, & to everyone’s lives, for that matter!
The Ultimate Point
I sit so still and alone in my room.
Feeling isolated, detached, as if in a womb.
Maybe I could scream and shout
And try to let these feelings out.
I ponder in the depths of gloom,
Do terrible thoughts bring eternal doom?
Nothing much changes whether I’m low or high.
The same holds whether I live or die.
Another insignificant pile of dust,
A micro-speck upon the earth’s crust.
The world doesn’t care whether I laugh or cry.
So what is the ultimate point and why?
Though we will all end up as dust (sorry to be so gruesome) how we spend our lives does matter! I have discovered this, both from my own experience & from the bible’s teaching, that there is “an eternal doom” to be avoided (the bible calls it hell) & the only way to avoid such a future is by repenting of all your sins, accepting that the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was payment for your sins. The “new life” in all its fullness that He gives is the best experience that this world has to offer. And it is, of course, the only way for an entrance into “heaven” where:
“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be “no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revalation 21:4)
So my question for you today is simply, have YOU found the “Ultimate Point” to life & have you found “A Life Worth Living” or are you still searching for Truth? Let me encourage you, if it is the latter, to read the gospel of John from the bible, & if it is the former … well, still read John’s gospel, as it will surely bless you every time!
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