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Fretting and Grumbling
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Many very excellent persons whose lives are honorable and whose characters are noble, pass numberless hours of sadness and weariness of heart. The fault's not with their circumstances, as they suppose, nor yet with their general character. Their misery's due to their failure to adopt the true philosophy of life. They wait for happiness to come instead of going to work and making it; and while they wait, they torment themselves with borrowed troubles, with fears, forebodings, morbid fancies, and moody spirits, until they're all unfitted for happiness under any circumstances.

Sometimes they cherish improper ambition, covet some fancied or real good they don't deserve or couldn't enjoy if it were theirs, wealth they haven't earned, honors they haven't won, attentions they haven't merited. Sometimes they shade the present with clouds of the past, and although surrounded by a thousand inviting duties and pleasures, revel in sad memories with a kind of morbid relish for the stimulus of their miseries. Sometimes forgetting the past and the present, they live in the future, not in its probable realities, but in its most improbable visions and unreal creations, now of good and then of evil, wholly unfitting their minds for real life and enjoyments.

These morbid and improper states of mind are too prevalent among some persons. They excite that nervous irritability that's so productive of pining regrets and fretful complaints. They make that large class of fretters who enjoy no peace themselves nor permit others to enjoy it.

In the domestic circle they fret their life away. Everything goes wrong with them because they make it so. The smallest annoyance chaftes them as though it were an unbearable vexation. Their business and duties trouble them as though such things weren't good. Pleasure they never seem to know, because they never get ready to enjoy it. Their home is the worst of all homes. Their streets and their neighborhood are the most unpleasant to be found. Nobody else has so many annoyances as they.

Their lot is harder than falls to common mortals; they have to work harder and always have had to; they have less and always expect to. They've seen more trouble than other folks know anything about. They're never so well as their neighbors. And they always charge all their unhappiness upon those nearest connected with them, never dreaming that they are themselves the authors of it all. Such people are to be pitied!

This defect in character is more generally the result of the indulgence of gloomy thoughts, morbid fancies, inordinate ambition, a complaining, fault- finding disposition. He who frets is never the one who mends, eals, or repairs evils; more, he discourages, enfeebles, and too often disables those around him who, but for the gloom and depression of his company, would do good work and keep up brave cheer. There's no vice except drunkenness that can so utterly destroy the peace and happiness of a home.

Why do people scold? Because they can't govern themselves. How can they hope to govern others? Those who govern well are generally calm. They're prompt and resolute, but steady.

It's not work that kills a man; it's worry. Work is healthy.

How unpleasant to be in company with one who frets, scolds, and grumbles, always seeing the faults of others, but never his own! Wouldn't it be much pleasanter to have a sunny disposition, over- looking the faults of those around us? Let's examine ourselves to see if we might be guilty of any of these ugly habits, and begin at once, if need be, to cultivate good habits, good thoughts about others. Let's be pleasant, kind, loving, gentle, and humble, and we'll be happy and make others happy too.
Wud-da-ya say?...let's try it!

Christian Work

As we consider the way of life, its blessings and possibilities, we come to the subject, which means work for Christ. From the time the soul is awakened to things eternal, there's a degree of zeal manifest to do what will be for the good of others, in encouraging them toward God and in relieving the needy. As the love of God increases in the soul, it's moved to greater effort for the perishing, as the way opens for service. This means more than to choose some pleasant religious exercise in hopes of benefiting others; for it includes self-denial, probably hours of sorrow, hopefully much prayer/fasting, and perhaps persecution from the world. But through it all, the sweet comfort of the Spirit is more than can be expressed by human language.

There's certainly something for each of God's children to do, that will horor God and help in the rescue of others from the broad way of destruction. The Spirit must lead and teach each one what is their labor of love and duty. True humility recognizes the fact that all power belongs to God, and He is able to prepare each one for the service required of them. After they've earnestly inquired of the Lord, and left the matter entirely to His disposal, they may trust Him to make clear the path of duty, remembering to be faithful to every present opportunity of doing good. God doesn't wish us to dream of some great life-work, that may come to us in the future, but to do with our might what our hands find to do, as unto God. The enemy of our soul's good will try to defeat every effort for what is right, but the promise is that some seed shall fall on good ground and bring forth a hundredfold.

Unification Presently In Progress

The sheep are gathering up the mountainsides to stand together as one flock, beneath the care of the one Shepherd.

Those who were afar off are being made nigh. Those who were at enmity are being reconciled, because the middle wall has been broken down.

Those who were strangers and foreigners are recognising each other as fellow-members, fellow- partakers of the promise, and fellow-heirs. Amid the many "churches", the one Church, which Jesus purchased with his blood, is being formed.

From the ruins of "many structures" the one Temple is being built.