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Living for the Best   By: (1848-1932)

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Living for the Best

By

James G. K. McClure

Author of "A Mighty Means of Usefulness," "The Great Appeal," "Possibilities," etc.

CHICAGO NEW YORK TORONTO Fleming H. Revell Company LONDON AND EDINBURGH

Copyright, 1903 By FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY MARCH

CHICAGO: 63 WASHINGTON STREET NEW YORK: 158 FIFTH AVENUE TORONTO: 27 RICHMOND STREET, W. LONDON: 21 PATERNOSTER SQUARE EDINBURGH: 30 ST. MARY STREET

PREFACE.

The publisher of a large metropolitan journal, a most effective man in reaching and influencing his fellows, once expressed to me the thought, "From what I know of myself and others, were I a writer or speaker desiring to enforce truth, I would always try to vivify that truth through illustration and story. The every day intelligence of man rejoices to have truth put before it in living form."

It is with these words in mind that this book is written. Its purpose is to set forth great ideas, and so to set them forth, each one illustrated by a historic life already familiar, that these ideas shall be made luminous, and even vivid, to the reader. The characters chosen for such illustration are from the Old Testament those men of ancient times whose humanity is the humanity of every race and clime, and whose experiences touch our own with sympathy and suggestion. May these old day heroes live again before the mind of him who turns these pages, and may the ideas which they are used to illustrate be an abiding power in the memory of every reader.

JAMES G. K. MCCLURE.

LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Open to the Best 11

II. Winning the Best Victories 31

III. Making the Best Use of Our Lives 49

IV. Putting the Best into Others 67

V. Developing Our Best under Difficulties 87

VI. The Need of Retaining the Best Wisdom 105

VII. The Best Possession 123

VIII. Using Aright Our Best Hours 141

IX. Giving Our Best to God 161

OPEN TO THE BEST.

CHAPTER I.

OPEN TO THE BEST.

"If every morning we would fling open our windows and look out on the wide reaches of God's love and goodness, we could not help singing." So it has been written. So Luther thought. When he was at Wartburg Castle, in the perilous times of the Reformation, he went every morning to his window, threw it open, looked up to the skies, and veritable prisoner though he was, cheerily sang, "God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present Help." Then he carried a buoyant heart to the labor of the day.

The joy of a glad outlook was well understood by Ruskin. His guests at Brantwood were often awakened early in the morning by a knocking at their doors and the call, "Are you looking out?" When in response to this summons they pushed back the window blinds a scene of beauty greeted their eyes. The glory of sunlight and the grandeur of forest dispelled care, quieted fret, and animated hope.

Scarce anything in life more determines a soul's welfare than the nature of its outlook. If spiritual frontage is toward the shadow, the soul sees all things in the gloom of the shadow; if spiritual frontage is toward the sunlight, the soul sees all things in the brightness of the sunlight.

The preliminary question of character is, What is the outlook? Let that outlook be wrong, and opinion and conduct in due time will be wrong; let it be right, and whatever the temporary mistakes of opinion and conduct, the permanent tendency of character will be toward the right.

"From a small window one may see the infinite," Carlyle wrote. This was Daniel's belief. He acted upon his belief. The windows of his soul were always open to the infinite. In that fact lies the explanation of his character a character of which every child hears with interest, every youth with admiration, and every mature man with reverence... Continue reading book >>




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