Jim Jardine – Things That Count

There are things that count in our living

Not the things that we sell or buy

Not found in the veins of treasure

Not hidden afar in the sky;

Like the pearls that we put to the testing

Like the diamonds that hold in the fire

There are things that live thru a lighting blast

Faith, hope, and a true desire.


‘Tis not in the wake of pleasure

Nor high on the height of fame

That the lasting things are brought us

And we find our eternal name;

More oft thru the shades of sorrow

When anguish has claimed us her own,

We learn to cling with a trembling hope

To God, who can help us alone.


More strong are the ties of trueness

When forged in the fire of pain

And the dying life, like the falling seed

Shall perish to live again;

So we bury our hearts in weakness

With the strength of our life near fled

But the God of hope shall revive us

And life shall spring from the dead.


Men rise on the tide of talent

And wealth can procure a praise

But seas fall back and the pride of life

Shall sink at the close of days

There are things that count in our dying

That endure and defy the grave.

And the highest good is a life of love,

Poured out a sad world to save.