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THE JOY OF SERVICE.pdf

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By J. R. Miller, D.D.



Take joy home,

And make a place in thy heart for her;

And give her time to grow, and cherish her;

Then will she come and sing to thee

When thou art working in the furrow; ay,

It is a comely fashion to be glad ;

Joy is the grace we say to God.

Jean Ingelow.
By J. R. Miller, D.D.



Take joy home,

And make a place in thy heart for her;

And give her time to grow, and cherish her;

Then will she come and sing to thee

When thou art working in the furrow; ay,

It is a comely fashion to be glad ;

Joy is the grace we say to God.

Jean Ingelow.

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THE JOY OF SERVICE.By J. R. Miller, D.D.Take joy home,And make a place in thy heart for her;And give her time to grow, and cherish her;Then will she come and sing to theeWhen thou art working in the furrow; ay,It is a comely fashion to be glad ;Joy is the grace we say to God.Jean Ingelow.There are many sources of joy. All menare in quest of happiness, and upon a thousandpaths the shoeprints of the seekers are found.There is nothing available in all the world,nothing which holds the slightest promise orhope of happiness, that has not been triedby some one eager to find the magic secret.We are accustomed to say that the only2THE JOY OF SERVICE.true, deep, unfailing joy is that which we mayfind in God. The Bible has many promisesof happiness, but they all point to spiritualand eternal sources. We read of the joy of 
 
the Lord, of rejoicing in God; Christ prom-ises his own joy to his followers. Joy, there-fore, is the inheritance of the Christian,— hehas a right to claim it. Yet not all Chris-tians are happy. Many whose faith in Christis unmistakable have joy only in the quietlulls of life. They are easily disturbed. Thesong of to-day is choked with tears to-morrow.It is worth our while to try to find thesecret of true and abiding Christian joy. Weoften hear it said that trust in God yields joy, or that a blameless life produces happi-ness. There is one kind of living, however,which more than any other contains the mas-ter secret of joy. It is a life of service. Itbegins in consecration to Christ : we must,first of all, be his servants. It includes trust, — reposing upon God. But there can be nocontinued quiet confidence if there be no ac-tivity in Christian life. Still water stagnates.THE JOY OF SERVICE.3Even trust without action soon loses its rest-fulness.Work itself is always a helper of happiness.Indolence is never truly happy. The happiestman is the busy man. Even physical healthdepends largely upon regular occupation. Noman, able for duty, who is not busy, can betruly or deeply happy. The idle man may beliving a life of pleasure, but it is not a life of real happiness. Work is a condition of joy.It is a blessing that most people, when sorrowcomes, dare not pause to indulge their grief.Their duties are waiting for them, waiting soclamorously that they cannot linger even for
 
the tender sentiment of sorrow. There isscarcely time to wait for the funeral to beover, after a bereavement, before imperativetasks must receive attention. It is well thatit is so. The necessary activity keeps theheart from breaking, and preserves the lifefrom the morbidity which so often sorrow pro-duces when the hands lie folded.Work is therefore a secret of happiness.It saves the heart from being overcharged.4THE JOY OF SERVICE.The emotions which otherwise would lie pentup, to the hurt of the life, find vent and arewrought out in activities which bless others,while they produce health and wholesomenessin him who performs them. No worse mis-take can be made by one in grief than todrop life's duties and tasks out of the hands,and cut one's self off from the common dutiesand ministries of life. God's comfort is notfound in this way. Joy comes not back tohim who nourishes his sorrow in idle brood-ing; it is found only in the earnest and faith-ful doing of every duty. Work has savedmany a life from despair in time of greatgrief.But there is something higher and divineryet than even work alone. Work may be self-ish. It may be solely for the advancementof one's own interests, without any thoughtof another's benefit or comfort. Even thenthere is blessing in it ; for it fills the handsand occupies the thoughts— there is good inoccupation itself. But if we add to work the

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