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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lift, Lighten, Love

This may be familiar to some. It's a song I find myself humming every now and then and thought I would share -

Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

Can you imagine what our planet, our nation, our communities, our families would be like if each one of us chose to lift someones burden, lighten someones load, and love someone in a deeper way all on the same day?

Jenny Matlock


  1. Thanks for posting this great reminder about our purpose here!

  2. Thanks for sharing this. It's really insightful and a good reminder for us to be of use to mankind. Saying Hi from Alphabe Thursday!

  3. I do remember this song too! I could not sing it word for word, but I love the sentiment.

    Visiting you from Alphabe Thursday. :)

  4. What a wonderful reminder to read first thing in the morning!

  5. You've got a wonderful song to hum there.

  6. Beautiful words!

    Visiting via Alphabe-Thursday...

    Come by to read…
    L is for the way you LOOK at me

    ~Cathy Kennedy, Children's Author
    The Tale of Ole Green Eyes

  7. This is one of those great old standby songs that we don't sing as much as we used to.

    I've always liked it...the words AND the melody.


  8. don't think I know that tune but it's very sweet. I try to lift people's burden all the time - hope I help. {:-Deb

  9. What a lovely link. I share this sentiment. If everyone would just do one kind thing every single day...make a small difference in the world every single day...find a positive thought every single day...


    It boggles the mind, doesn't it?

    I loved this thoughtful and thought provoking post.

    Thank you for sharing.