Excerpted from The Way, The Truth, and The Life by J.R. MacPhail.  London: Oxford University Press (1954)


The choice is not between God and anything else: God and all that is real are on one side, and on the other side there is nothing that satisfies and abides, only shadows and echoes and dreams. God must be put first, or he will be nowhere; but once you have done that, other things fall into their proper place, and a man is able for the first time to value them rightly and enjoy them to the full. You can’t abandon anything that is good in order to go to God, for nothing is good apart from Him. As we seek God, and as we find him, our judgement as to what is good is bound to change greatly, and the process of education is always more or less painful. Consider carefully, and decide honestly whether it is worth it.


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