A well-known speaker once told an audience an interesting story of a trip which he made in an airplane across the Pacific Ocean. During the journey he watched a young navigator on board the airplane as he charted the course of the journey. The flight was made at night, and little of the ocean was visible during the journey. The navigator had to look up to the stars and depend largely on the abstract science of mathematics to chart his course.

After many hours the mists parted, and the plane landed directly on the designated airfield, on a point of land practically surrounded by water. When the airplane had reached its destination the young aviator told his fellow travelers that this was the first trip he had made across the ocean without supervision, and that he was grateful that he had been able to direct the plane to the desired landing point. What had contributed to the success of this journey? We might put near the head of the list of factors the singleness of purpose or the devotion of the navigator to his duty of charting the course aright.

We are all navigators. In the daily activities of human experience we are constantly making decisions and establishing relationships which will affect the entire course of our lives and determine the success of our efforts. We cannot be truly successful in any human activity unless we think and act consistently and in accordance with the intelligence, perseverance, and confidence which are inspired by a recognition of the ever-present Christ.

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July 10, 1954

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