The Element You Can't Live Without

The Element You Can't Live Without

A few years ago a historic old military fort on the southern tip of Manhattan Island was razed. Built more than a century ago, as a watchdog for the city, its huge cannon bristled out over the harbor for decades until changing methods of warfare made it obsolete. It was called the Battery.

Then, of all things, it was changed into an aquarium. From being a military fort it was suddenly converted into the nation's outstanding showplace for fish and sea life. Giant turtles, electric eels, dogfish—all these and more—sported themselves in huge glass tanks before the interested public.

Finally, in the name of progress, the historic old Battery was demolished. When the fish were moved to another building, naturally they had to be taken from these tanks to new ones. In the process a most interesting fact came to light. The scientists in charge of the move found that these creatures died in the new water, even though it was exactly the same in every proportion as sea water. Something was lacking! What was it? Something very simple, really. That something was a small amount of water from the old tanks or from the sea itself!

What element did this tiny amount of water contain that the fishes simply had to have? Nobody knows, but we know that it was essential—of that we are sure.

Human beings, too, need an invisible element in order to live. No, we're thinking of air. That element we must have to live is love. Take away love and you take away life.

The universe is held together by love. The Bible says, "God is love."

In a way, we are like the fish in the Battery aquarium. Without one essential element—love—we cannot live. Life isn't worth living without it.

Millions of boys and girls are growing up in America without the love of their parents. They will never completely recover from this lack. Fortunate are we who were raised in homes where mother and father loved each other and their children.

People who love their work do better work than those who dislike it or who go through the motions merely to make a living. An eight-hour day seems shorter when you find your work interesting and attractive.

The subjects that you like best in school—these are the most interesting to you. Your attraction for them adds the ingredient without which school would be dull routine.

The teacher who loves his or her work does a better job than the teacher who doesn't. This principle of love runs through all of life—our work, play, courtship, marriage, politics, and even sports. The boy or girl who loves a game plays it the best.

Naturally, we can't compare these kinds of interest or attraction to the great love God has for us, but they illustrate in about one-millionth degree the love he showed when he sent Jesus Christ to the world.

God was interested in us. He cared about what happened to mankind and to each individual human being. Without his love for us the world would be a gloomy place indeed. This essential ingredient—love—is all around. Accept it from God and pass it on.

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