A Market For Pearls -- By: H. H. Marlin

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 087:345 (Jan 1930)
Article: A Market For Pearls
Author: H. H. Marlin


A Market For Pearls

H. H. Marlin

Who is an educated man? The question evokes a thousand answers and each answer may be essentially true. In our judgment an educated man is a man who furnishes a market for pearls. His appreciation of the beautiful things of life and the imperishable values attaching to them has been highly cultivated. Wisdom knocks at his door and sells all her jewels there. The poet comes, the philosopher, the dreamer of dreams, the creator of divine harmonies, and at the gates of his soul they daily market all their wares.

What is education? It seems to us that true education is education in appreciation. The cultured soul, ever climbing into new splendors of God, becomes gradually a true appraiser of all values. He buys at the bazars of heaven. Every day he is one of God’s customers. To make of man’s mind and soul a constant market for pearls is to satisfy in the most absolute manner the loftiest demands we can make upon any educational institution.

What is the foundation business of all educators truly worthy of the name? It is to make of the minds and wills and souls of the youth entrusted to them the markets of God. Their minds are to be responsive to His truth. Their souls are to reflect His glory. Their wills are to be outlets of the divine energy and the divine beauty and the divine life. A life thus beatified gives an unchanging testimony: “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things that thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.”

Many come to college who have no real business there. They furnish no market for the professional pearls. The rubies of wisdom are as the dust of the earth beneath their feet. They are intellectually dense and quite often morally obtuse. There is nothing in the spiritual world

to which they vibrate. They are egotistic, vacuous, myopic. They are altogether of the earth, earthy. They depress their preceptors with a sense of their utter barrenness, and the futility of a college career for them is apparent to all save to eyes blinded by parental hopes and parental pride. One cannot build a temple of marble out of clay, and these unfit ones simply clutter up and clog the college machinery with waste material. They add a well nigh intolerable burden to the financial resources of collegiate institutions without giving any promise of recompense in values added to the life of man. They serve only to impede the progress and emergence of youths of promise. It would be well, indeed, if all colleges and universities would ca...

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