The Passing of Personality

The artist is always unobtrusive. He never eclipses the ideal he would honor, and self is not even an episode of his song. It is only the novice, the egotist, or the blunderer who projects his own personality upon the object or the opportunity he is called to serve. And here the finest art is the art of true living. Jesus said. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself." The is the preliminary of all Christian growth and usefulness.

The greatest service we can render light is in the removal of the hindrances to its radiation, and of these, self is for each the chief. In so far as a reflector attracts attention, in so far it reveals its imperfectness and fails in its ministry, and the discovery of the inherent opacity of so-called human personality has been an inevitable outcome of self exploitation.

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July 18, 1903

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