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By R. H. Crossfield

Text. — "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the
greatest of these is love." — Cor. 13:13.
By R. H. Crossfield

Text. — "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the
greatest of these is love." — Cor. 13:13.

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THE MEASURE OF MABy R. H. CrossfieldText. — "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and thegreatest of these is love." — Cor. 13:13.IT is generally accepted as a fact that we possess no definiteknowledge as to how long the human race has existed.Revelation nowhere furnishes this information, nor does itsupply the slightest foundation for a conjecture. Science de-clares that it traces evidences of human life back millions of years, yet it nowhere gives an unqualified answer to theinquiry.But whether mankind has lived on the earth six thousandor six million years, all will agree that ample time has elapsedfor the development of a competent standard by which tomeasure a man. We may go a step further. If all the genera-tions anteceding the present one were obliterated root andbranch, we would still have abundant data by which to answerthe question raised, "What are the outstanding values of life,what is the measure of man?""Moreover, is not the experience of a single individualabundantly sufficient for this purpose? Each human life isnot a detached, or independent unit, but an epitome — a re-sume of all that has gone before, — so that when we study withminute care an individual, we are brought face to face withthe salient characteristics of the race.Many, however, do not properly appraise the values of life.Just as the physician, who knows the malignant influences of opiates on the system, does not always exercise self control,and as the teacher, versed in the principles and art of pedagogy,does not invariably practice what he preaches, so men fre-quently fail to live up to the best of their knowledge and op-portunities with respect to the highest purposes of life.
 
300 THE EW LIVIG PULPITWe are not, therefore, altogether surprised to discover thatthe ordinary, everyday man does not constantly apply thewisdom of the ages to his life, does not clearly see the thingsthat should challenge his supreme purpose in their proper per-spective, and that he does not always succeed in putting firstthings first.It is with the hope that you young people, whose program hasnot yet become permanently and rigidly defined, may be led toact with discretion and judgment that I speak on the subjectannounced. Moreover, I wish to emphasize the fact that thestandards which you now choose by which to measure a suc-cessful life will largely determine your future. It is most nec-essary, therefore, that your ideal — that upon which your eye isfixed — should be right, for if your purpose is less lofty thanthe highest, if your eye is not set upon the noblest goals, youwill certainly fall short of the best attainments.Speaking negatively, and employing the process of elimina-tion, permit me to say that the true measure of man is not foundin the realm of physical attainment.Do not understand me to underestimate or discourage properattention to the science of body building. This is a funda-mental duty. To become physically able and efficient, is amongthe first of the first things earnestly to be sought.You have heard it said, I presume, that there is coming atime when to be sick will constitute a disgrace. Whether thatprophecy be realized or not, the day will be when the physicianwho practices will largely be supplanted by the physician whoprevents. Prophylaxis will be the order of the day, and, likeour Chinese contemporaries, we will pay our physician to keepus well, and not to cure us when sick. An ounce of preventionhas always been worth many pounds of cure.Such health is necessary to the largest happiness. When
 
Alexander Pope observed,"All pride of reason, all joy of sense,Lies in three words — health, peace, and competence, ' 'he expressed a profound truth. Health enables us to enjoyK. H. CROSSFIELD 301work, and leisure, and home, and study, and travel, and all thebeauties, duties, and recreations of life.Good health enables us to be efficient. However attractivethe songs of Milton and Homer, however eloquent thepreaching of Bossuet, however remarkable the culture of HelenKeller, it is manifest that the world has lost much by reasonof their blindness. So with any physical defect, whether itbe that of the loss of one of the senses, or the impairmentof health.Have you considered what we lose in productivity on accountof ill health? Dr. J. W. Jenks, of Cornell University, estimatesthat the sickness of the American people costs us one and aquarter billion dollars annually, and that each member of ourpopulation loses, on an average, 13 days a year as a consequenceof physical impairment.Therefore, all honor to the man who develops his physicalpotentialities, who grows into symmetrical manhood.or do I fail properly to evaluate physical beauty. Themost attractive sight in the world is a human face — the cheeksglowing with health, the eyes beaming with intelligence, thelips expressive of love, the brow crowned with dignity andhonor. Personal beauty should be cultivated, and all the gracesand charms of face and feature should be wooed and won.To this end, the human form should be attired tastefully andbecomingly, so that beauty and attractiveness in every way

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