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By James Boardman Hawthorne^ D. D.,


"The high calling."— Phil. 3: 14.
"Spend and be spent."— 2 Cor. 12 : 15.
"Heavenly places in Christ Jesus." — Eph. 2:6.
By James Boardman Hawthorne^ D. D.,


"The high calling."— Phil. 3: 14.
"Spend and be spent."— 2 Cor. 12 : 15.
"Heavenly places in Christ Jesus." — Eph. 2:6.

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THE SUCCESSFUL LIFEBy James Boardman Hawthorne^ D. D.,"The high calling."— Phil. 3: 14."Spend and be spent."— 2 Cor. 12 : 15."Heavenly places in Christ Jesus." — Eph. 2:6.IN" these three texts we have the elements which in combinationmake the ideal life. It is painful for me to look upon a lifethat is large and full on one side and shriveled on every other side.I cannot admire the man who is distinguished for nothing but hiscourage, or his energy, or his determination, or his humility. Icannot admire the man whose whole life is merged into the pur-suit of a single object. I have but little sympathy with the lawyerwho is nothing but a lawyer — a walking digest of laws pertainingto deeds, demurrers and hereditament^.. I cannot become very en-thusiastic over a physician who is nothing but a physician, andwhose name and face suggest nothing but pains, pills, plasters,and blisters. I can scarcely respect a preacher who is nothingbut a preacher, and whose countenance, dress, conversation andtones of voice remind us of nothing but sermons, psalms, andfunerals. I take the many-sided man — the man who is strong inmany directions — the man who, in pursuing a special vocation, isinot unmindful that his is not the only work which needs to be done,and who cultivates a helpful sympathy for men engaged in otheruseful undertakings.the high callingFirst — "The high calling." There is a calling for every man.GrO'd has a life work set apart for each individual of our race. Toaccomplish that work is to win a great prize — a prize that in-cludes both present and eternal reward. Your nature isi markedby certain aptitudes, dispositions, and capacities. These will indi-660 THE AMERICAN BAPTIST PULPIT.
 
cate to you what your calling is. Your own physical, mental, andmoral constitution should be studied before you choose your voca-tion.The discovery of yourself — the recognition of what you are andwhat you should strive to be — makesi a memorable epoch in yourlife. When Benjamin West was a little boy, living in an obscurePennsylvania village, he was conscious of his genius and passionfor art. His Quaker parents, having no appreciation of his gift andno sjTiipathy with his aspirations, endeavored to repress his love of the beautiful and his ambition to become a painter. They utterlyfailed. His passion for art grew until it raged like a furnace heat.He at last overcame the opposition of his parents, gave himself tothe work to which he had been called by "a heavenly vision," ro5,eto high and enduring fame and enriched the world with the pro-ducts of his great genius.If a boy has an uncontrollable passion for oratory; if he dreamaof it; if he has an imagination which transforms inanimate objectsinto living, breathing, speaking things; if he has a thoroughlyresponsive nature; if there is a magazine of sensibility within him,and he is naturally fluent in speech, his calling is the field of ora-tory. There and only there can he be strong and great. Thereand there only can he do for the world what God would have himaccomplish.V7HEN CRITICISM IS CUTTINGIf a man is thoroughly in love with a certain occupation and isdeeply convinced that he was born to pursue it, he is very sensitiveof any criticism of his work in the line of that occupation. If heis a lawyer, and believes that to be the sphere in which he was or-dained to shine, you may joke him about his mistakes in gardening,or in stock-raising, or in building his barn or his residence, andhe will not be offended ; but you could not joke him about any pro-fessional mistake without seriously disturbing your friendly rela-tions with him.You may make fun of a musician's failure in attempting towrite poetry or to paint pictures; but if you laugh at his music
 
you may expect to smell brimstone or to see stars fall. Tell himTHE SUCCESSFUL LIFE. 661that there^s a frog in his throaty and that its croaking is an un-bearable affliction to people who know what good singing is, andhe will henceforth treat yon as a publican and a heathen. Why ishe angered by unfriendly criticism? Because he believes that inthe realm of music he is the Lord^s anointed and that no man hasthe right to touch him.The same is true of the average minister of the gospel. Youmake a jest of his dress^ or of his diet, or of his recreations, or hislack of business skill, but if you intimate that he is a failure in thepulpit, he must spend a week in fasting and prayer before hecan forgive you.This sensitiveness is not always born of conceit. In most of persons it is due to a deep and divine conviction. Men feel thatthey have a divine right to succeed in that to which they feel them-selves divinely called and on which their affections and energies arecentered. They are profoundly sensitive To adverse criticism, be-cause they cannot regard failure as a possibility in an undertak-ing which they love supremely and to which they believe themselvesset apart by the sovereign will of God.When Jesus was only twelve years old he said with a sublimeemphasis : "I must be about my Father's business." Even then hewas conscious of his mission to men. Even then he read hisi cre-dentials written by the finger of God on the tablet of his own heart.He suffered none to criticize him. He felt himself divinelyanointed for a divine work and he would not tolerate interferenceor disparagement even from his own parents.When a man attains to a true knowledge of himself and a deepconsciousness of duty; when he sees the path which he is called totread, the great conflicts in which he is called to engage, and theimperishable prize with which God will reward his fidelity, there is

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