Signs of the Times

["The Gospel of Life," from the Mercury Herald, San Jose, Calif., Feb. 5, 1924]

Dr. Noel Porter, in a recent sermon, said: "The blessed Master, in his incomparable parable of the good shepherd, said, 'I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly;' and this is something that all the world is seeking. In sickness we seek for health; in trouble we seek hope and happier times ahead; in time of intimate and clear vision we wish for the better things, for a life more abundant, in elements of enduring satisfaction. We want to be really and truly alive, alive at all points, alive in the most effective and enjoyable ways. ... It is a question of character values, of those qualities of mind and heart which make a man rich, gloriously and permanently rich, at any time, anywhere. We often ask in blunt fashion, 'How much is that man worth?' As a rule we are not thinking of the man himself, we are merely asking about the things he happens to possess. This can be readily ascertained from Bradstreet or from the assessor's books or from a man's returns as to his income tax. The real worth of the man is another question altogether. It turns upon the amount of good he is doing and the character he has won. Life is not to be found in mere material things."

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