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It was a teaching of some of the wise men of ancient time that in intellect and morals every person gives shape to his own character, becomes the architect of his own fortune. The wise men of all the ages have taught practically the same thing. The Scriptures of both Testaments have many precepts and exhortations to the young and to those at every stage of life to take heed to their ways, to ponder the course of their feet, to choose and walk in the pathway of virtue, of wisdom, of uprightness. Modern literature teems with this sort of counsel. From first to last it is assumed that man has the power of self-direction. This conclusion is reached by every one who consults his own capacities and who analyzes the causes which have led him along the lines which he has pursued.

The highest type of life, of manhood or womanhood, is that which is self-directed toward high ideals, and which consequently expresses the greatest measure of truth and goodness. The life of Jesus is the most conspicuous and perfect illustration of this truth. He saw the evil and the good, and he steadfastly chose the latter and faithfully adhered to it. To the extent that they have been worthy followers of the great Leader, every good man and woman has made the same choice. They have carefully examined themselves in the light of life's circumstances—its opportunities, its enticements to evil, its possible honors—and they have decided for the right, have determined to walk in wisdom's ways and to employ their gifts in such manner as would honorably advance themselves and helpfully minister to the world.—The Universalist Leader.

January 30, 1902

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