Billeder på siden
PDF
ePub

6

6

painful one, he said, when in extreme ' Father, I will say my prayers again :" g from his bed, and bending his knees, out his soul unto God in prayer. This eated four or five times during the night leath. Just before he died, he said to

Father, I am going to heaven : will you le then said, “Hallelujah!” and expired rd “glory" on his lips, September 1st, six years and five months. His little iter was taken ill, and died a few hours rother; and both were buried on the in the same grave. They are now, inging together in the heavenly land the oses and the Lamb. How delightful! ture; one in grace; and, now, one in

J. M.

DO WELL. g is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” ust what my old mistress said, some when I was an apprentice. lay gave me a dirty, rusty, greasy saucen; And remember, Simeon," she said, i is worth doing, it is worth doing well.s a very disagreeable

one;

but-whether rty belief in this proverb, or from a secret f I did it well I should have sixpence for , I will not pretend to determine—I such giving the saucepan a very respectable ; and took it to her. “Very nicely done,

Simeon," said the old lady, after carefully examining it; "and as you have done this one so well, here's ("sixpence,” I thought she was going to add) “ another one for you to do!”

This was very poor encouragement for perseverance in well-doing, and I felt sadly disappointed at such a result; but, having done the first so well

, I was unwilling to lose the credit I had gained, and so did the second equally to her satisfaction.

I endeavoured to carry out the principle taught by this proverb in other matters entrusted to me; and, though the fact that I tried to do things well sometimes brought me work I would rather hare been without, yet, on the other hand, it helped me forward in learning my business. If any order came in, requiring more than ordinary care and attention in the finish, it was mostly placed in my hands: so that I had opportunities of improvement which the other apprentices, being less careful, did not enjoy.

Probably many of my readers are, or shortly will be, apprenticed to a business.

Whatever that business may be, it will have its difficulties, which only practice and perseverance will enable you to overcome. You will be disposed at times to do your work carelessly, or to neglect some matter which you deem unimportant, because it will involve a little extra labour, or cause a little trouble; but, if you want to become expert in your trade, and to have the reputation of being a good workman, you must remember that, if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

ys and girls are not always competent to judge her a thing is worth doing; and, therefore, in 7 matters, such as your education, the choice trade, &c., you must be guided by the greater rience of your parents or friends; but, even

they decide upon a plan for you, the result in a very great degree, depend upon yourselves. may send you to an excellent school, but that be of very little use if you be too lazy or too ghtless to learn; or they may pay a premium ou to be taught a good business, but it will be !y wasted if you be too idle to do your work rly. how many instances have I seen of opportu

lost, and good prospects blighted, by young e having things to do that were worth doing, ot doing them well! le Nash was a scholar in the Sunday-school in 1 I was a teacher. She generally came in late, seldom repeat her portions of Scripture cor, and was more frequently looking about her, king to another girl, than listening to her er's instructions.

attended a day-school for more than four yet, when she left, she was a sad dunce; she scarcely write her own name, and could not vithout stopping to spell the long words. She ssed a desire to learn dress-making, and her paid a premium with her at an establishment

she had excellent opportunities of learning business; but after a short time she became :ss, did her work slovenly, soiled and rumpled the dresses entrusted to her, and was so indolent that her mistress refused to keep her.

She laid the blame to the confinement of the house, said sitting so long made her head ache, and thought domestic service would suit her.

Having a great respect for her father, I offered to take her as a servant for three months, on trial; but, although she was shown again and again how things should be done, she did nothing well.

The fires were badly laid, and burnt dull, or went out altogether; the rooms were swept only in the middle, leaving accumulations of dirt in the corners; the furniture was smeared over with a duster, learing great patches of dust undisturbed; if sent on an errand, she stopped to gossip, and forgot what she was sent for; so that long before the three months expired, with every disposition to give her a fair trial, I was obliged, for my own comfort's sake, to send her home. Other situations were obtained for her, but she did not stay long in any; and the last time I heard of her she was idling her time away at home, an encumbrance to her friends, and with no prospect of becoming a useful member of society, because she had not learnt that if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

There are some' matters, however, in which you may decide for yourselves what is worth doing; and it is important that you should learn early to exer cise right judgment: otherwise you may spend much valuable tin

doing well that which would be much better left undone. I have heard of a boy who boasted how well be could say the alphabet

kwards; and of a girl who could repeat some

foolish songs: they had both wasted much uable time on things not worth doing. eading novels and light trashy literature, learngames of chance, and smoking, may be quoted xamples of things not worth doing. 'he principle of this proverb applies to little age, as well as to great ones. t is the babit of doing little things well that mps the character; for our lives consist, not so ch in performing great and notable actions, as the hourly discharge of ordinary duties. Do je well, and you will be ready disciplined for le momentous engagements, whenever God calls

to fulfil them. Vhether you are sharpening a pencil, or learning nguage; playing at cricket, or writing a book ; cking your boots, or building a mansion; remem through life, IF

RTH DOING, IT IS RTH DOING WELL.--Bible-Class Magazine.

HING IS

A DISINTERESTED BOY. Ve have not read for a long time a more beau1 illustration of firm integrity in boyhood, than recorded in the following anecdote of a French

.

About nine o'clock in the morning, a little boy of elve (whose jacket of white cloth and white apron tinctly indicated that he followed the profession pastry-cook) was returning from market with an en basket on his head, containing butter and

« ForrigeFortsæt »