Scripture Verse

We are…created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do. Ephesians 2:10


Will L. Thompson (1847–1909)

Words & Mu­sic: Will L. Thomp­son, The New Cen­tu­ry Hym­nal (East Liv­er­pool, Ohio: Will L. Thomp­son, 1904), num­ber 4 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad,
And made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s bur­den been lighter today,
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary
Been helped on their way?
When they needed my help, was I there?


Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above;
Doing good is a pleasure,
A joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way;
Do not let them pass by,
Saying “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give,
Love’s labor has merit alone;
Only he who does something
Is worthy to live,
The world has no use for the drone.