Nixon Waterman
(written around 1900)

We shall do so much in years to come,
But what have we done today?

We shall give our gold in a princely sum,
But what did we give today?

We shall lift the heart and dry the tear;
We shall plant a hope in the place of fear;
We shall speak the words of love and cheer,
But what did we speak today?

We shall be so kind in the afterwhile,
But what have we been today?

We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,
But what have we brought today?

Add to steadfast faith a deeper worth,
We shall give to truth a grander birth;
We shall feed the hungering souls of earth,
But whom have we fed today?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,
But what have we sown today?

We shall build us mansions in the sky,
But what have we built today?

'Tis sweet in idle dreams to bask;
But, here and now do we do our task?
Yes, this is the thing our souls must ask,
"What have we done today?"

I don't know about you, but this poem really
spoke to me! Just think how much we could accomplish
if we turned our good intentions into actions!

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is
called Today, so that none of you may be hardened
by sin's deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13


bp said...

So true! So many times I think I'll do that later or tomorrow. I need to do TODAY!

You asked about Caleb's dentist appt. Thank you for asking. It went well. He has to have caps put on for cavities. It makes me nervous to think about it but I'm praying to be calm so he will be calm and not scared.

Cathryn said...

Hi Susan, My name is Cathryn over at Redeemed By The Blood of the Lamb. Okay,okay so we already know each other. But it has been so long since I have written. I'm back to keeping up with my blogging friends. I'm missed checking out your blog. I love the new look. A very nice poem you have posted. Blessings ~ Cathryn