A story is told of a young man who attended a school of higher learning. He was a leader in many phases of college life and enjoyed the respect of both faculty and students. One day a box arrived from home and that night he invited some of his friends to his room for a feast. During the festivities one of the young men noticed a motto on his desk. It contained the three words, "I am Third" and it was enclosed in a beautiful frame. "What does it mean, Bob?" echoed a succession of voices. Finally when Bob was sure his friends really did want to know he began to explain:
"I have one of the finest mothers in the world. It has meant downright sacrifice to keep me in college. On the night before I left home she brought this little frame to me and asked me to keep it where I could see it every day. It has stood right on my desk, and I shall take it with me wherever I go. I hope I'll always remember its admonition. My mother explained it to me that night and I shall never forget a word she said.
"My son," she told me, "always remember that God is first; others are second; and you are third!"