"Who should be the greatest"?

[Written Especially for Young People]

Even the disciples "had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest." But when Jesus asked them, "What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?" it is recorded that "they held their peace." They were rightly ashamed of their unrighteous discussion along the road.

The human desire to be the greatest shows itself in many ways. Who is the most brilliant boy or girl in the class? Who is the most popular, the best athlete, the strongest, the best-looking? Do not these questions sound familiar and suggest other similar questions, all based on the theme, "Who should be the greatest"?

One may ask, Is it wrong to be the outstanding member of a class, the most popular, or the best athlete? It may be answered that it is not wrong; it is not wrong to be the best possible student, to be popular, a first-rate athlete, or to be attractive in appearance. The error lies in a false motive, namely, the desire merely to stand out above others.

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Good Never Absent, Never Lessened
February 21, 1942

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