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“if this were all the life we’ll know
if this brief space of breath
were all there is to human toil
if death were really death
and never should the soul arise
a finer world to see
how foolish would our struggles seem
how grim the earth would be
if living were the whole of life
to end in seventy years
how pitiful its joys would seem
how idle all its tears
there’d be no faith to keep us true
no hope to keep us strong
and only fools would cherish dreams
no smile would last for long

if this were all
then we’re gonna fall
and never get up
if this were all
we’re against a wall
we might as well give up

how purposeless the strife would be
if there were nothing more
if there were not a plan to serve
an end to struggle for
no reason for a mortal’s birth
except for him to die
how silly all the goals would seem
for which men bravely try
there must be something after death
behind the toil of man
there must exist a God divine
Who’s working out a plan
and this brief journey
that we know as life
must really be
the gateway to a finer world
that someday we shall see…

if this were all
then we’re gonna fall
and never get up
if this were all
we’re against a wall
we might as well give up

if this is all, then what’s the use of trying
can you really believe that there’s nothing after dying

if this were all
then we’re gonna fall
and never get up
if this were all
we’re against a wall
we might as well give up…”

~ “if this were all”… by pink house [lyrics by timothy kolker, inspired by a poem by edgar a. guest; music by luke folkerts and timothy kolker]

I so love this song… It is so true. The world has no hope.

With no hope, what’s the point of smiling? It’s not going to last for long. There’s no real point to life if you don’t have hope.

Just like the old hymn says, “my hope is build on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long” [Psalm 25:4-5, Amplified Bible].

With our hope in God, there becomes a purpose for life. It gives us a reason to try, a reason to get up again each time we fall.

I guess that’s why so many people walk around complaining about everything and never smiling… because they don’t have the joy of having hope in God, hope in the life to come, hope in the life He’s given us now. They see life as ending with death, and there is therefore no hope for them.

Yeah… and I’ve been talking with a guy with this point of view just now.

How can you live like that? How can you live with no purpose?