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03/08/2011 / Test All Things

James the Third

A young mother was on her death bed and realizing her end was not far away called her young son to her and addressed him as follows:

“James, I want you to be known from now on as James the Third.”

After his mother’s death, he kept her wish and was known by this name among his friends. Whether they inquired whether it was because he was of royal descent or for some other important reason he gave this answer:

“As my young mother was dying she said to me; ‘James, let it be God first, others second, and James third.’ In deference to her wished I desire not just to be called James the third, but also to live in that Spirit.”

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