1 We are building ev’ry day,
At our work and at our play;
Not with hammer, blow on blow,
Not the timber sawing so;
Building a house not made with hands,
Following Father’s perfect plans;
Little builders all are we,
Building for eternity.
2 We are building ev’ry day,
Actions are the stones we lay;
Jesus our Foundation sure,
Built on Him we are secure.
Many a house has fallen low,
Built on the sands of sin and woe;
We will heed His word alone,
he’s the only Cornerstone.
3 We are building ev’ry day;
If we do not watch and pray,
Best of tools are all in vain,
Golden Rule, and line, and plane.
Measure by love each stone and brick,
Mixing the silver mortal quick;
Careful builders we must be,
All the world our house can see.
4 We are building ev’ry day;
Not with lime, and sand, and hay,
Not with wood, and nails, and screws;
Something better far we use,—
Tho’ts like the marble, pure and white,
Smiles like the diamond, clear and bright;
These the jewel stones we lay,
Safe when sin is burned away.
Source: Light and Life Songs: adapted especially to sunday schools, prayer meetings and other social services #147