Spiritual Life

There are many who look forward to a future life which they believe will bring them more happiness than they find in the present. As they thus look forward or peer into the future, opportunities for doing good present themselves in vain. We should be more mentally awake to the present and its opportunities for serving God and man, and our thoughts should not be overmuch wrapt up in our contemplation of the future, thereby losing the blessings received by those who are now working in the Master's vineyard. Longfellow realized the futility of centering one's thoughts on the future when he wrote:—

Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, act in the living present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

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November 19, 1921

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