Singleness of Purpose

While reading an article recently on the life of a famous musician, I was much impressed by the perseverance, the absolute singleness of purpose which he showed in his life work. Even as a child, although his parents cruelly opposed, he held steadily to his purpose to become a musician. The obstacles of poverty, opposition, and criticism failed to discourage him. He persevered, until to-day his name is classed among the greatest violinists the world has ever known. Yet he is but one of the many who have attained to success in spite of seemingly insurmountable difficulties.

If, then, success in every line of life depends upon hard work and perseverance, can we hope to attain to the best and highest success of all, a Christ-like life, if we indulge any indolence, discouragement, or waste of time in idle dreaming, foolish theorizing, talking instead of doing and being? Let us lay aside at once and forever the false notion that we can get into the kingdom of heaven otherwise than by earnest effort. Jesus is our Way-shower, and we are like unto ships that have no rudder, if we do not hold constantly in mind the life of the gentle Nazarene, and look to him for guidance as we humbly, earnestly, pray and work to reflect his God-like nature.

An Old Thanksgiving Day
November 27, 1902

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