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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Personal Responsibility August 4


I am the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6.

To every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way
And the High Soul climbs the High Way,
And the Low Soul gropes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way, and a Low.
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go.


Three classes of persons are referred to here: those who follow the high way, those who seek the low, and the drifters. Those who take the low road tell themselves, "This life is all there is. I am going to live for myself, have the best time possible, cater to my own desires and satisfy myself. I don't care about what happens to anyone else."

The drifters have no particular purpose or goal in life. They get all they can out of life as it comes to them. Someone asked a hobo how he knew which way to go. He replied, "I always go with the wind at my back." 'The drifter makes no contribution to life. He drifts with the tide from pillar to post without a real purpose. Tomorrow is just another day. The end of life for him closes a book containing an unintelligible scrawl.

Finally, there is the man who takes the high way. Paul stated it thus: "But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13, 14). The really happy people in this world believe themselves to be children of God, created for the highest life possible, kings, vicegerents of God on earth. Whatever they do is for the glory of God and the uplifting of men.

The difference between this group and the other two is the difference between living in a cage and singing in the sky. Life has dignity. Life is meaningful. Christ is the Way.

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