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The Abundant Life
FORREST E. ROHL
[Daily Traveler, Arkansas City, Kansas]

 
         The tragedy of life is not that we are not all successful, but that we are so satisfied to be mediocre, when it is possible for us to do so much more. . . .

         There does not seem to be so much difference in our native ability as there is the desire to make the most of what we are and have. Why is it that so few people ever live even near the limits of their possibilities? Is it because they have never been fired by a great ideal? Does not our philosophy of life have much to do with our accomplishments?

         Our philosophy of life does make a vast difference. The most of us are unwilling to go along with Jesus. In the first place we doubt that the way to happiness and satisfaction is the way of self-surrender and self-dedication. The popular opinion is against it. The idea of the world is to go out and get it for yourself. We do not have faith enough in the teachings of Jesus to cut loose from our moorings and live by faith in the Son of God. . . .

         Multitudes are content to live on the border of the animal kingdom. They live out their threescore years and ten, yet accomplish very little. They . . . make no contribution to the welfare of the human race worthy of mention.

         On the other hand, there is a mighty host no man can number who by grace are given abundant entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Any man . . . if he avails himself of the privilege of a son of God, . . . becomes a partaker of the divine nature. . . .

         A private soldier in the English army in India was converted. Until that time he had no desire for an education, but his conversion meant the awakening of his whole being, including his mind. He was determined to get an education. His companions laughed at him, but with odds all against him he finally graduated from Madras University, later becoming its president and a tutor to some of the princes of India. The secret of it all, he said, was his conversion and the Scripture, "Behold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it."

         To any man who comes under the sway of the Spirit there is thrown open the door to endless possibilities. Do you desire to fulfill the purpose of God in your own life? Are you willing to surrender to His will that it may be done? Any man cooperating creatively with God will be surprised at the available sources of help and power at his disposal. If we do this, life will be something more than mere existence. We shall know the thrill of the abundant life. We shall feel the pull of the eternal life. We shall have the satisfaction of attainment, the glory of service, and a sense of worthiness in having a place in the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

"The Abundant Life" by Forrest E. Rohl
Quoted in "Signs of the Times"

Christian Science Sentinel, November 30, 1940


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