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[The Universalist Leader]

One may have all that he wants and yet be far from possessing all that he needs. Deep in the heart of every human being abides the need of something that shall lift his life above the petty limitations of personal desires and aims, and endow it with a loftiness of purpose and a breadth of thought and feeling unknown to those whose only care is for themselves. We need the ambition not only to promote the welfare of those whose happiness is our special care, but in this and all permitted ways to render service to the world at large. We also need the conscious endeavor, through the integrity and kindness of our own life, to deserve the approval of our Father in heaven. Only those whose lives are ennobled and enriched with the joys which the fulfilment of such desires as these afford, are truly happy.

Those whose energies of heart and brain are devoted to interests larger than their own, have little time or inclination to think about themselves. You will not hear them complain that they are not appreciated and that the world has treated them meanly. Theirs is the blessedness of devotion to unselfish ideals; and how much or little of what is called personal enjoyment may go with it, is a trifling matter.

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