Signs of the Times

[Norman S. Easterbrook, in the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York]

Faith is a fundamental element in all endeavor, and faith without action to secure that which faith says may be had is of no value, is dead. If a man sets his heart upon establishing some honorable business, if he has faith that he can succeed in it, then sits down and waits for success to come, he will get nowhere. The faith is necessary, but he must work, and work hard, to attain his success. If a young man has faith that he can succeed in some profession, and is not willing to pursue the long course of preliminary study, he is doomed to failure.

. . . A man might have the faith which could move mountains, but if he does not exercise it, the mountains will stay right where they are. If he has faith that he may attain the glory of the higher life, but does nothing to merit glory, he will remain in the gloom. If he has faith in the Christ-life and refuses to live life as Christ pointed the way, his faith amounts to nothing. If he has faith in the power of love and does not manifest love in his relations with mankind, his faith is but an empty shadow, a cloud which gives no refreshing rain.

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October 12, 1935

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