“I have work enough to do, ere the sun goes down. For myself and kindred too, ere the sun goes down. Ev’ry idle whisper stilling with a purpose firm and willing, all my daily tasks fulfilling, ere the sun goes down.
I must speak the loving word, ere the sun goes down. I must let my voice be heard, ere the sun goes down. Ev’ry cry of pity heeding for the injured interceding, to the light and lost ones leading, ere the sun goes down.
As I journey on my way, ere the sun goes down. God’s commands I must obey, ere the sun goes down. There are sins that need confessing, there are wrongs that need redressing. If I would obtain the blessing, ere the sun goes. down.”
-I Have Work Enough to Do (Hymn #224 in the LDS Hymnal)
Several weeks ago in Relief Society this song was our closing hymn. I don’t feel like this is a widely well-known church hymn, yet I know I’ve sang it so many times before. But this day as I sang it, it really struck something in me. I’ve never paid attention to the words before like I did this time, and guys? This is a really good song.
Particular lines that really stood out to me:
“I have work enough to do…for myself and kindred too…”
“I must speak the loving word”
“As I journey on my way…God’s commands I must obey…”
“There are sins that need confessing, there are wrongs that need redressing”
I love when you’re singing a hymn and the words really mean something to you. I felt like as I listened to these words I was able to set a few new goals for myself. I need to spend my days working for me and my family and spend a lot less time in front of the tv or mindlessly doing things that really don’t matter. I need to make sure I am speaking kindly and lovingly to everyone – not just those who are easy to speak that way to. I need to obey the council we are given and always be mindful of heeding to the Commandments. Every night I want to use the atonement in my life and repent of the sins I’ve committed no matter how big or small and strive to be a better person.
This is a short post here, but I strongly encourage you to read through some hymns or really pay attention next time hymns are sung – those words are powerful and pack some powerful messages.
Have a happy Sunday!