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What Have I Gained, If I Lose My So
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By James Pemberton
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What Have I Gained, If I Lose My Soul?


I remember growing up with a lot on my mind.

I had many ambitions, but not always the time.


I had many ideas and goals of what I wanted to be.

But made little concern about my eternity.


It seemed like what I wanted was life’s pleasures.

Throughout the years, I accumulated “treasures.”


I wanted a family and to live life quite well.

It seemed like things were o.k.  I could tell.


As I got older, and time was passing by.

I realized that at any moment, I could die.


What did I accomplish?  Just to live a dream?

I thought I had all I wanted.  I had everything!


I soon realized, that in my life, was a “void.”

In spite of the many things I once “enjoyed.”


I cried out to God in my kind of situation.

I wanted to know him, and his salvation!


I had read in his word, about his love for me.

He’s done so much! Because he loves me!


I accepted his forgiveness and his mercy plan.

There’s more to life that I now understand.


Whatever I gained, I consider it all lost!

As I get my focus, not on me, but the cross~


If I lose my soul, what have I really gained!

I consider my life fulfilled, in Jesus’ name!


He’s done some, it’s hard to truly express.

Living for Jesus, is always the BEST!


By Jim Pemberton   (c) 2014

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Submitted: Thursday, August 7, 2014

Last Updated: Friday, August 8, 2014

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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