[Especially for Young People]

Opening of Gates

A young lad, A, who had college friends of distinction, was graduated with honors. So eager were the fathers of his friends to have him identified with their organizations that he was able to choose from several invitations his place in the business world. In varying phrases those with whom he came into contact told him they needed his fresh, unbiased point of view.

Prior to this—indeed, at Commencement—his classmate, B, was made very unhappy by comparing A's situation with his own. What entry into a field of gratifying reward A already possessed! Popular, gifted, with men of influence and mature judgment already deeply interested in his career before he had stepped a foot out of college, his transition to the realm of congenial activity would be an easy adjustment! He would actually be needed, B thought bitterly, even in a time of so-called depression, when to most men like himself positions were at a premium. Surrounded as he was by kind and influential friends, A's problem of place would not even take on the proportions of a problem. What doors, thought B, will fly open for that fortunate lad!

A Child Talks with God
June 4, 1932

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