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geous heart. Such an one knows when to close his door and when to open it. If fear, or weakness, or depression contrive to enter there, he closes tight the door. But, when faith would enter in, bright hope and encouragement with new ideals, then does he fling it wide.
The spirit of success is the determined continuation and steady working at one ideal without fluctuating, withoạt deviating, but with continued and repeated effort in ise direction that will bring one to the
fail and perfect completion of his masterpiece ; for, .whether it be a painting, a poem, a sculptured work of art;:or, a quality of the mind to bring forth in full beauty, it must be kept ever to the front and worked at unceasingly until it is perfected.
Every great inventor has kept at his ideal, whether it be for days or for years until he has seen that ideal take form. Every true artist has worked steadily and patiently, knowing that failure cannot be if he but persists in repeated effort until the work shows forth as an echo of his soul. Thus, we find that the spirit of success is determination - no sliding back, no hesitancy, no doubt, no fear that is allowed to remain, but persistent effort.
Is it easy? Not always. But, as one continues in the practice of bringing forth his ideal or his soul's babe, he will find it less difficult, for, as he works in love his faith grows, and, with the growth of faith his work becomes easier and the goal shines forth morr clearly to his sight.
To be prosperous, one must possess the same invincible spirit, a spirit that courts no failure, a spirit that expects a supply that will equal its demand. This is the spirit that looks for the good, and seeking finds its own.
Every man of the world who has risen to prosperity has not stopped or grown discouraged at what vould seem failure in many instances of his life, but has kept on faithfully, pushing ever onward and upward toward the aim of his intention. And just so must it be with those who desire to know health, peace, harmony and life in its reality. They do not hesitate at small failures, but leave them far behind, for they are ever pushing onward toward the goal of their perfection.
The spirit of success is a spirit of indomitable will and energy. It is the spirit of force turned to the good, and this force is concealed within the soul of everyone and is to be used to his betterment and to his advancement in the understanding of life.
The spirit of success is to know life as it really is, not as it seems to be. Life as it seems is what we see about us, poverty, sickness, sorrow and death, and unhappiness in every form.
If we have the spirit of success, not only in material things of life, but in life itself, which is spiritual in essence, we will be enabled to turn poverty into riches, to change sickness into health, to have in place of sorrow, joy; and to give for death, life; sin will be eradicated, righteousness and pure life will take its place; the tears of the sorrowing will be wiped away and ignorance will no longer be known in the land.
With the invincible spirit to make our lives a success here and now, not waiting for a misty future upon some other sphere to bring this about, we are surely bound to succeed at some time. The point isnever to give up trying to be that which we should be, to always know that we can rise above the dreams about us, to know that we alone are responsible for the expression of our lives and that no one can unmake what we choose to create, that this lies with ourselves.
A determined spirit is bound to succeed, therefore the spirit of success requires determination, perseverance and a never looking backward. With these three qualities and the pushing ever forward toward the mark, success is inevitable!
And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.-Ex. 23:25.
That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days.-Deut. 30:20.
His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth: he shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto him:-Job. 33:25,26.
They cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.-Ps. 107:19, 20.
My Son, attend to my words ; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health (medicine — margin) to all their flesh.—Prov. 4:22.
And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick ; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.-Is. 33:24.
Say to them that are of fearful heart: Be strong, fear not. God will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.
Bless the Lord O my soul, who healeth all thy diseases.-Ps. 103:2, 3.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick.--Jas. 5:14, 15.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.-Jas. 5:16.
IT IS OLD-FASHIONED
JESSIE JULIET KNOX To dwell in the dark when one might dwell in the light is awfully old-fashioned, and yet we continue to do just that, not stopping to think that if we have had troubles, we have also had joys. We will never help the troubles by dwelling upon them and going over all the details; on the contrary, every time we recall an unpleasant episode or experience of the past, we, to some extent bring back the evil connected with it, and not only do we live it over in mind, but it outpictures in body and circumstances.
People have not yet learned the vital power of a word or a thought, but they are learning.
“ It is better by far, to hunt for a star,
Than the spots on the sun abiding." It is old-fashioned to talk of sickness, and to tell how many doctors you have had, and what a combination of peculiar diseases have afflicted you. It is no longer considered good form to speak of such things, and is really looked upon as vulgar by advanced thinkers. If one says:
“ I'm afraid the plague will come to the United States; it is in Egypt now;" you can change the subject by replying: “Speaking of Egypt reminds me of a beautiful pond lily I saw once, etc.
It is old-fashioned to always speak in a whining voice, thus depressing others, and keeping yourself in a gloomy atmosphere which sees no joy in anything. To say “I can't get out doors, because I have a cold,” as people do constantly, is the rankest exposure of ignorance, as it is a well known fad that the up-to-date cure for colds and even consumption is fresh air, and to get out of houses and live out of doors in the coldest weather is quite the thing. When you make such obsolete remarks as this you show that you have neither read, thought nor studied, and you will very soon find yourself relegated to a seat with the “ back numbers.''
Just because your grandparents may have stayed in the house with a cold is no manner of reason why you should do the same. They had much to learn, but did not live long enough to learn it, while we have the privilege of living in another age, in the glorious twentieth century.
It is no longer considered refined to discuss one's servants and their shortcomings in polite society. That only shows a very common mind, not capable of aspirations or ideals, a mind of the same caliber as pots and pans. Instead of telling the faults of some of your servants, quietly look within yourself to see if there is not some unpleasant trait of your own which drew forth the fault in the "servant in the house." Encourage this servant to be kind and considerate, and if he has faults do not accentuate them a thousand fold by discussing them with your guests. The negative words you send out are as so much poison, and fill the air, reaching the person you are discussing like so many barbed arrows and making the adverse qualities a thousand fold stronger ; and by your own words and thoughts you may destroy all prospect of ever having a good servant.
If, instead of condemning and magnifying what had seemed to you an error, you had taken it into the silence of your own soul and there blessed and loved the offender, and the quality in your own nature which had reached out and brought back it's own in the shape of this annoyance in another, the evil might then have been remedied and the servant have become transformed by the renewing of your own mind..
" Refrain from that belittling censure
Like weeds from marshy soil."