I do not remember when I wrote this poem or what was going on in my life at the time.  But its message is as relevant to me today as it obviously was when I wrote it.  The questions asked are not easy to answer, but I pray that God will use them in some way to speak into your life, as He has used them today, as I re-read the words, to speak into mine.  As you consider the year that is ending and look forward into the year that lies ahead, what is God saying to you at this time?


Could I lead a simple life, free of worry, full of peace,

Free of care, desire and strife when all of my anxieties cease?

Could I give my goods away with cheer and love and joyous heart,

Or would I come to rue the day when I and earthbound treasures part?

Do I love my glorious King with heart and soul, with all of me,

Or am I tied to earthly things and only think that I am free?

Help me put You first, my Lord, above the earthly things I hold

May all the treasure I receive be earned in heaven, eternal gold.

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I do live in the city but make the most of the green spaces that surround me.
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