If Only

A meditation by Ben Witherington III from “Is there a Dr. in the House” p. 37

1

I would have dressed up,

Only it was too much trouble.

I would have gone out,

Only it cost too much

I would have driven,

Only Travel’s Dangerous.

I would have eaten,

Only I weigh too much.

I would have danced,

Only I didn’t have a partner.

I would have returned,

Only it brought back bad memories.

 

2

I would have gone,

Only I didn’t have time.

I would have visited,

Only I wasn’t wanted.

I would have tried,

Only it was a waste of energy.

I would have helped,

Only they didn’t need me.

I would have cared,

Only I didn’t feel like it.

I would have cried,

Only I wasn’t sorry.

 

3

I would have volunteered,

Only I had better things to do.

I would have voted,

Only it wouldn’t have changed things.

I would have donated,

Only they’d made their quota.

I would have spoken up,

Only I was afraid to.

I would have acted,

Only others got there first.

I would have felt sorry,

Only I didn’t feel guilty.

 

4

I would have prepared,

Only it was too much work.

I would have studied,

Only I wouldn’t have passed.

I would have corrected it,

Only it was too late.

I would have told the truth,

Only it would have offended.

I would have graduated,

Only life intervened.

I would have gotten the job,

Only they didn’t like me.

 

5

I would have prayed,

Only God only knows

I would have worshipped,

Only I hate to sing.

I would have fellowshipped,

Only I didn’t know them.

I would have served,

Only I didn’t have the calling.

I would have loved,

Only it hurt too much.

I would have lived,

If only.

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