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If any man minister, let him do it according to the ability which God giveth. 1 Peter, iv. 11.
No one but yourself knows what that which is in you can do, nor do you know till you have tried.
That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
The force of his own merit makes his way-
Make one basket, make a hundred.
In consideration of the services he had rendered to his country Pittacus was offered an estate equally spacious and agreeable. The sage took a spear and threw it with all his might saying, “Give me so much.” "Why not accept the whole?" was the answer. “ Because a part is more useful.”
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love. Rom. xii. 10.
Precious are the kind affections
Which around this life entwine,
Something more than half divine.
But alas! they fade and perish
Like the bright and fragrant flowers-
And their beauty time devours.
'Tis not so with those affections
That are set on heavenly things;
Watered by Eternal springs ;
Sheltered from the storms of Earth:
Knowing nought of drought or dearth.
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept thy word. Psalm cxix. 67.
To bear affliction with a bended brow,
A life all ease is all abused;
O precious grace that made the wise
Is mercy in disguise.
Affliction has a taste as sweet
Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man. Lev. xix. 32.
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Prov. xvi. 31.
I love to see a man forget
His blood is growing cold,
Oblivious of his gold ;
Nor think he's growing old.
I love to see the man of care
Take pleasure in a toy ;
And tread the grass with joy,
As lusty as a boy.
'Tis something, when the noon has passed,
“Good friend, thou harmest me not,
I carol while I climb.”
Vork out your own salvation, for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do. Philippians, i. 12.
He swims at ease who is held up by his chin.