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.