by Frank Pollard

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Have You Found Yourself?
Matthew 16:25-26
There once was a boy who had great difficulty remembering
where he had left things. So he wrote himself a note just
before he went to sleep: "Your shoes are under the bed; your
clothes are on the chair; your cap is hanging in the closet;
your money, your knife, and your baseball cards are on the
bureau; and you are in the bed." In the morning he found
everything precisely as the note indicated; but when he looked
in the bed, he was not there. So he could not find himself.
I am told a good businessman has an inventory indicating
the location of every tool, every piece of equipment and-ma-
terial he owns. What a strange commentary on our lives -
that modern man knows how to find things, but has a most dif-
ficult time finding himself.
A well-known German novelist, Hermann Hessee, asserted:
"The true profession of a man is to find his way to himself.
I have become a writer, but I have not become a human being."
At the passing of a prominent man in one of the northern
states an editorial epitaph was composed, almost in jest, yet
it tacks a terrible truth on the wall of our awareness: "Born
a human being; Died a wholesale grocer." Now this is no dig
aimed at grocers. It could be said of most all of us. Fail-
ing to find identity in ourselves we seek it in possessions or
position, neither of which are necessarily evil. Yet, what a
sad commentary on eternal souls, made in His image; we have
lost ourselves and our struggle for identity is expressed in
what we have or what we do - instead of who we are.
Dressing this great truth in common clothing, Jesus Christ
presents this poser: "What shall it profit a man if he shall
gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" "Soul" means
"life," "yourself," "you!" So He is declaring: "You, you
who are always thinking in terms of profit and loss, let's
take this thing all the way to the extreme. If you could own
everything in, ...

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