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Only One Life

CommissionerSwanson2014Only one life, ‘twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

—C.T. Studd

Since discovering this simple couplet written over 100 years ago, it has helped to keep me centered in my calling as a Christ follower. It captures both the brevity and the ultimate purpose of existence while reminding me that I am accountable for the life God has given me.

We have each been given only one life. How will we invest this precious gift? Is there not more to life than pleasure, possessions, and social status? We are called to live beyond ourselves, to put the needs of others ahead of our own, and to become a source of blessing to people around us.

Our purpose on earth is to know and to love God. We do this only by establishing a relationship with His son, Jesus. So it stands to reason that Jesus Christ is the only absolute reference point we have for living. We must not allow ourselves to become distracted from the main goal.

Now, I say good–bye as your territorial commander. It has been a great privilege to serve you in this way. As Commissioner Sue and I retire from active service, I believe, on the authority of God’s word, the best is yet to come as we faithfully seek to build His Kingdom.

I leave you with Paul’s words from Ephesians, Chapter 6: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

You have one life to live. Your armor is ready. Put it on. Go to war.

—  Commissioner Barry C. Swanson
Territorial Commander

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