Excerpt from Winning a Crown: A Practical Treatise on How to Find God, What Salvation Is and Does, and How to Live a Happy and Successful Christian Life
The Christian life is not all sunshine and roses; neither is it all shadows and brambles. All our skies can not be' cloudle... ss; neither can all our roses be with out thorns. The pilgrim's way to the Celestial City does not lie across a low, fiat plain; instead, it leads through a great variety of scenery. Now We walk a smooth way, sunlit and bright, with a splendid vista outspread before us. Further along we pass into the foothills and our pathway rises and falls. Now we stand upon the summit and feast our eyes on the broad expanse and the glowing hilltops around us, basking in the sunshine of noonday. Again we go slowly down into the valley and' walk beside the still waters, amid the green grass, and breathe the air perfumed by the ¿owers and hear the carols of the birds as they merrily pass the hours. Farther along we have a bit of steep climbing, with perchance many stones along the way, and here and there a thornbush catches our garments and pricks our feet. Sometimes the way is toilsome, but presently we reach the top, and there in the clear air, under the dome of heaven, our souls are hushed and awed and filled with holy inspiration.
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