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Everyone is familiar with the development of a beautiful rose. The plant when embedded in rich soil, warmed by the sun and watered by the rain, spirings forth with its wonderful colored blossoms, sending forth sweet fragrance. Small and unattractive in its beginning, through nourishment and cultivation it soon develops the beauty which it is expected to express. But the same plant, if placed in a dark cellar, would wither and decay. Deprived of sunshine and rain and rich soil, the rose with its beauty and perfume would soon cease to exist. The blossoms which normally unfold would remain unseen.

Is there not in this example of the flower a valuable lesson for every individual? Suppose the rose could say, I will not accept the freshening of the rain or the warmth of the sun; would not the result be the same as though it had been placed in a dark cellar, away from sun and shower? But, instead, it reaches out for its proper nourishment, turning its leaves toward the light in further preparation for unfoldment.

Temptations Viewed as Opportunities
February 16, 1929

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