Signs of the Times

Canon R. P. Price, M.A. in Christchurch Times
Christchurch, Hampshire, England

Life yields its treasures to those who recognize what is really valuable and worth having and are ready to pay the price to make it their own. The trouble is that so often we fail to recognize what are the real riches and so spend our substance on fake treasures and in pursuing the second rate. A man decides to go all out to make a success of his career or his business: everything is sacrificed to that end—home ties, friendship, honor. He has his success, and the world counts him a happy man. But in quiet moments he wonders what it is he has missed. Another person, for the sake of faithfulness to an ideal or to conscience or loyalty to a friend, seems to miss all that makes life desirable, and people pity him for the sacrifices he has made. In reality he has gained a treasure for which the world is well lost.

Happy are the folk who know what are the true values of life, what are the things really worth having, and who go all out to gain them. This is the secret of those who, in the ideals they pursue, the decisions they make, the methods they use, take their lead from Christ [Jesus] and measure success and failure by his approval. Those who so live get down beneath the surface of life to the underlying meaning at the heart of it and make contact with that meaning. They discover in the field of their daily experience the enrichment of fellowship with God and have a treasure that money can't buy and no one can steal.

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