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FINDING ONE'S SOUL..pdf

FINDING ONE'S SOUL..pdf

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It is a great hour for us when we become
conscious of the splendor of our immortality.
A very beautiful story is told of the way the
young Princess Victoria bore herself when she
first became aware that she might some day be
Queen. One morning, when she was twelve
years of age, she opened her book of English
history and found a paper which had been
placed there for her information by her tutor.
She read it attentively, and then said to her
governess : " I never saw that before. I see that
I am nearer the throne than I thought."
It is a great hour for us when we become
conscious of the splendor of our immortality.
A very beautiful story is told of the way the
young Princess Victoria bore herself when she
first became aware that she might some day be
Queen. One morning, when she was twelve
years of age, she opened her book of English
history and found a paper which had been
placed there for her information by her tutor.
She read it attentively, and then said to her
governess : " I never saw that before. I see that
I am nearer the throne than I thought."

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FIDIG OE'S SOUL. BY J. R. MILLER ' Like children in a garden fair, Who wander through each flowerful maze, And drink from sunny founts with glee, And look with long and lingering gaze Upon the wondrous scene ; — yet fain Would be at home for love and rest, — So we, in this bright world of ours, With strange homesickness are possest ! " It is a great hour for us when we become conscious of the splendor of our immortality. A very beautiful story is told of the way the young Princess Victoria bore herself when she first became aware that she might some day be Queen. One morning, when she was twelve years of age, she opened her book of English history and found a paper which had been placed there for her information by her tutor. She read it attentively, and then said to her governess : " I never saw that before. I see that I am nearer the throne than I thought." After 45 46 STREGTH AD BEAUTY. pondering a few moments the princess said : " Many children would boast, but they don't know the difficulty. There is much responsi-
 
bility." The revelation made a deep impres- sion on her mind. More than once she said : "I will be good." Every one of us is born to a life of splendor and vast possibility of beauty and power. We are born to be children of God, and to live for- ever. We have in us a boundless nature that makes us greater than all things in this world. Yet some people never seem to become aware that they are much better than worms. They live as if they were only bodies, mere animals, made for this present earthly life alone. The aim of their existence never extends beyond what they shall eat, what they shall drink, and wherewithal they shall be clothed. They seem unaware of anything in life higher or more important than these needs of their physical nature. They have no visions of life in any loftier sphere. Their pleasures are only pleas- ures of the senses. They know nothing of intellectual or spiritual enjoyment. FIDIG OE'S SOUL, 47 A picture without any sky in it is defective. It has no uplift — it runs along on earthly levels, with nothing of heaven to brighten and glorify it. So the life with no sky in it, no vision of God and of heaven, is unworthy of an immortal being. The best is left out of it. It is only earthly, with no influence from above, drawing it upward, or within, inspiring good and beauty in it. Men tell us that we have souls, but the form of the statement is incorrect. It indicates that the soul is something which we possess, as one might possess a piece of property or a fine pict-
 
ure, something outside of one's self, not an essen- tial part of one's being. Really, however, our soul is ourself. It is the central, vital, essential thing in us, that which makes us what we are. We are not bodies with souls ; rather, we are spirits with bodies. The body is not the man or the woman that we are. It is but the house in which we live. It is not that in us which thinks and chooses and wills and loves. It is not that which is capable of growing into nobleness and beauty, and wearing at length the full image of Christ. 48 STREGTH AD BEAUTY. The body is a splendid creation. The low- est and smallest of God's works are wonderful. There is a world of beauty in the tiniest flower, in the insect that creeps in the dust. The human body is the finest and most wonderful of all material creations. But there is something else in every human life that is finer, nobler, more wonderful than the body. In the story of the creation we read that " the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life ; and man became a living soul." It was this breath of God entering into the body, this living soul which God thus breathed into the creature formed of the dust, that made Adam a man. Our body is but our home. It is only a temporary home, too, for we shall leave it by and by, and we shall live then just as really without our body as we live now with it. Yet many people seem never to find their soul. They never think of themselves as more than a body. It is a great moment when a man

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