I could pursue a life of fun and ease,

With riches, games, and other things that please.

The hardships of my path I could evade

And follow steps my Lord has never laid;

But leaving all my hopes and dreams behind,

I trust that greater riches I shall find.

I glory in my weakness and my pain ~

For earthly loss will bring eternal gain.

 

I could pursue acceptance from all men

And fear the grave, the stake, the lion’s den.

I could pursue a well-known, honored name ~

And seek approval, praise, and earthly fame.

I choose instead affliction with my Lord,

Esteeming His reproach as my reward.

I glory in my weakness and my pain ~

For earthly loss will bring eternal gain.

To live for Christ is foolish to the world ~
But when the sinners into hell are hurled,
And fools for Christ have not a single fear,
Then who was truly foolish will be clear.
Without exception every man’s a fool ~
I choose for Christ, and bear the ridicule.
I glory in my weakness and my pain ~
For earthly loss will bring eternal gain.

Ezra Brainard

 

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