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William Gladstone (1809-1898) was England’s Prime Minister four times, and one
of the most important political figures of his era. He was also famous for being an
Every day as Gladstone went up the steps of the Parliament building, he bought
a newspaper from the same newsboy and said an encouraging word about how
Jesus loved him.
One day, as Gladstone and his secretary were going into Parliament, another
newsboy stopped them. “Hey, Mr. Gladstone, you know the bloke you usually
get’cher paper from?
Well, yesterday he was run over by a carriage and he’s going to die.
He wants you to come get him in.”
“What do you mean, ‘get him in’?” Gladstone asked.
“You know–get him in to Heaven.”
Gladstone’s secretary protested. “No, no, no, you don’t have time to go see
a newsboy! You know how important your speech today is. It could change
the course of history!”
Gladstone thought a moment, then said, “One immortal soul is worth more
than my speech in Parliament.”
So he went to the little garret where the newsboy lay dying.
Gladstone prayed with him to receive Jesus.
He “got him in”–and then the boy died.
By the time Gladstone made it back to Parliament, a heated discussion was
already under way. He gave his speech, and his side went on to win the vote.
Afterwards his secretary asked, “Sir, how could you have gone off like that
and almost miss making such an important speech?”
“The speech was a very important and good thing,” Gladstone replied, “
but getting that boy saved and into Heaven was a better, more important
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*David Brandt Berg*
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To comprehend a man’s life, it is necessary to know not merely
what he does, but also what he purposely leaves undone.
There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body
or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy
on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he still wiser who,
from among the things that he can do well, chooses and
resolutely follows the best.
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There is but one question of the hour:
How to bring the truth of God’s Word into vital contact with the
minds and hearts of all classes of people.
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♣ William E. Gladstone ♣
“Papa, look!” Someone had just given a six-year-old a string
of plastic pearls, and she was bubbling over
with excitement as she ran to show them to her father.
“These are beautiful,” her father said.
For a long, thoughtful moment he turned themover in his hand and
watched them shine in the light from the lamp next to his easy chair.
Then he asked, “Will you do something for me?
Will you give me these beads in exchange for
something I will give you tomorrow?”
“Have I ever asked you to do anything that wasn’t for your good?”
“What’s that?” asked the little girl.
“You’ll see tomorrow,” her father replied.
The little girl’s eyes betrayed her inward struggle.
“It’s up to you,” the father said. “You don’t have to make the trade just
because I am asking you to, but have I ever asked you
to do anything that wasn’t for your good?
Can you trust that I know best?”
It wasn’t easy, but the little girl handed the beads to her father.
He slipped them into his pocket, and gave her a big hug that said,
“I’m proud of you.”
The next day, the father gave the little girl a gift that was far
more beautiful and valuable
—a delicate gold chain with a genuine pearl pendant.
The little girl forgot all about the string of plastic pearls.
“I did this to teach you to trust the Father in Heaven,”
her father explained.
“Many times in your life,
He will ask you to give up something you want,
or to avoid something that to you looks good, and often
you won’t understand why.
But if you trust your heavenly Father as you have trusted me,
you will find that He always knows best.
When He asks you to give up some things,
it’s because He wants to give you much better things.”
In one of the parables that Jesus told,
He likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a pearl so rare,
so beautiful, and so costly that one man sold everything
he owned in order to buy that one pearl
We can have a little bit of Heaven here and now,
but the gifts and treasures of the spirit come at a price.
To experience and enjoy the things of eternal value,
we have to make room for them;
we have to be willing to give up some of our “trinkets,”
the trivialities and fleeting pleasures of this life.
Jehovah God satisfies the hungry hearts with good things,
but the rich—those who are too busy or satisfied with other things
—He sends away empty
(Psalm 107:9; Luke 1:53).