not that scapegrace likely to be less careful and courteousby the way than a youth who loves his home ? The lad whois going home to his mother after twelve months in his firstsituation, how does he feel ? There are not five minutes of the way when his heart does not leap as he thinks of hismother and his sisters, and he is longing for the kiss of welcome; but for all that, that lad can look after his luggage;for all that, that lad can pay the courtesies that are due to afellow-traveller ; and I warrant him, if he loves his mother andsisters, he is likely to do this far more than the young scapegrace I have described. o ! one who is going to heaven,and oft thinks of heaven, may yet, for all that, attend to everyduty of the way; may yet, for all that, and because of that , do allthings right. I do not at all plead religion as an excuse foridleness. If a professedly Christian man gave me lofty looksinstead of good hard honest work, I should not say much to him.He would not have learned the alphabet of what should constitute true religious life. When you have learned that Christianityand the due performance of all duties are not incompatible, youhave learned a good deal; and you have also learned to "offerall your offerings through the ever blessed name " of Christ.You can work for God in daily things, and the Lord willbless you in the midst of them. I quite agree with what wassaid by good old John ewton, that "if a man were but ashoeblack, he should try to be the best in the village." "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." It istrue about common things ; and no man has a right to pleadspirituality in excuse of laziness. Let him be diligent inbusiness, and there is a way of being fervent in spirit, all thetime serving the Lord.I dare say, however, in regard to common things, some of you don t want the spur so much as the check-rein. Some of you young people have fairly got into the stream of life ; andI know I need not say anything to you to urge you in thesematters ; but perhaps even to such it may not be out of place28 THE GREAT WORK OF LIFE.