‘ONLY REMEMBERED’ – THE HYMN THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

 

One hymn that inspired me most in 2016 was ‘Only Remembered’.

This hymn is usually sung during burials but I believe this hymn should be sung more often when one is alive.

What’s so special about this hymn?

It’s the lyrics.

Let me tell you how this hymn saved my life and turned my life around.

Early last year was one of the toughest periods in my life. I was going through a crisis and battled with suicidal thoughts on a regular basis.

I seriously wanted and wished that I’ll just die rather than bear such unbearable pain.

But in the midst of my crisis, this hymn captured my heart.

As I pondered on the lyrics, I began to reflect on my life. I was ready to die, I felt worthless, and I felt I wasn’t good enough or better than anyone.

But what struck me as I prepared and wished to die was that hymn. I thought I was ready to die but when I meditated on the lyrics of that hymn, I realized that I still have more reasons to live. I wasn’t truly ready to die.

As I looked at my life, I wondered what I will be remembered for when I die.

What deed or action will people remember me for when I die?

I began to think if my absence will mean anything to anyone, if people will miss me at all.

There I was, ready to die, without leaving anything positive behind.

I realized that I was ready to die but I hadn’t created an impact in people’s lives. I hadn’t impacted the world with godly values.

And so, I made up my mind to live again not because I was afraid of death but because I want to be remembered for good deeds. I want to be missed by those who are yet still living. I want to sow seeds that even after my death, those who are still alive and even those that’ll be born later will reap the fruits of the harvest.

And so I chose to live again, I survived and I’m still alive and one of the reasons I’m happy to be alive and gave up my suicidal thoughts is because that hymn touched me.

“I have not reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.”

Philippians 3:12-14 (CEV)

That’s my story. What about you?

What will you be remembered for?

Will anyone miss you when you die?

Will your absence create a vacuum in anyone’s life?

Will anyone reap good fruits of words and actions you sowed while on earth?

Think about these.

Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have served the Lord faithfully.”

I want to say so too.

What about you?

 

Here’s the lyrics of the hymn as copied from http://noglory.org/index.php/multimedia/music/4-coope-boyes-simpson

Fading away like the stars in the morning

Losing their light in the glorious sun

Thus would we pass from this earth and its toiling

Only remembered for what we have done

 

Only remembered only remembered

Only remembered for what we have done

Thus we would pass from this earth and its toiling

Only remembered for what we have done

 

Only the truth that in life we have spoken

Only the seed that in life we have sown

These shall pass onwards when we are forgotten

Only remembered for what we have done

 

Only remembered only remembered

Only remembered for what we have done

These shall pass onwards when we are forgotten

Only renumbered for what we have done

 

Who’ll sing the anthem and who’ll tell and the story

Will the line hold? Will it scatter and run?

Shall we at last be united in glory

Only remembered for what we have done

 

Only remembered only remembered

Only remembered for what we have done

Shall we at last be united in glory

Only remembered for what we have done

Only remembered for what we have done

 

 

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