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MINISTRIES THAT BLESS.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
We mistake when we think that only great
deeds make worthy service. In no life can
there be many large and conspicuous things ;
the years must chiefly be filled with little
things. Take even the story of the life of
Jesus. In it there were, as recorded, a defi-
nite number of miracles which stand out in
the narrative as stars of the first magnitude
in the heavens. But strewn through all the
days, filling all the moments, crowded into all
the interstices of that wonderful life, were in-
numerable kindnesses and thoughtfulnesses
We mistake when we think that only great
deeds make worthy service. In no life can
there be many large and conspicuous things ;
the years must chiefly be filled with little
things. Take even the story of the life of
Jesus. In it there were, as recorded, a defi-
nite number of miracles which stand out in
the narrative as stars of the first magnitude
in the heavens. But strewn through all the
days, filling all the moments, crowded into all
the interstices of that wonderful life, were in-
numerable kindnesses and thoughtfulnesses

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MINISTRIES THAT BLESS.By J. R. Miller, D.D." Never are kind acts doneTo wipe the weeping eyes,But like the flashes of the sunThey signal to the skies ;And up above, the angels readHow we have helped the sorer need."We mistake when we think that only greatdeeds make worthy service. In no life canthere be many large and conspicuous things ;the years must chiefly be filled with littlethings. Take even the story of the life of Jesus. In it there were, as recorded, a defi-nite number of miracles which stand out inthe narrative as stars of the first magnitudein the heavens. But strewn through all thedays, filling all the moments, crowded into allthe interstices of that wonderful life, were in-numerable kindnesses and thoughtfulnesses, un-68MINISTRIES THA T BLESS.69recorded, even unremembered words and acts.Jesus was not always working miracles, but hewas always doing good ; and the greater meas-ure of the blessing he left in the world came,not from his few supernatural works, but fromthe countless common human kindnesses hewrought.
 
It is so in every really great and good life.Now and then there may be some conspicuousdeed done which wins the applause of men, anaccount of which gets into the newspapers,and which is talked about near and far. Buton all the days of all the years there is goingon a ministry of love which makes many peo-ple happier, which gives pleasure to old andyoung, which leaves inspiration of good or of beauty in countless hearts, which makes onespot of the world sweeter.Sometimes it happens that those who seek human applause for what they can accomplish,striving to do things that are conspicuousand that make a sensation in the world, haveno beautiful ministry of kindness to fill andbrighten the days of their common life. Whenyo THE JOY OF SERVICE.they do alms they sound a trumpet proclaim-ing the fact, that their good deeds may beseen and praised of men. But when they arenot exhibiting their charity or their generosity,that is, when others are not watching, theyare neither charitable nor generous. They donot take the trouble to be kind or loving whenthere is nothing to be gained by it. Thatis, their doing of good is spurious, becauseit is something enacted for men's eyes, notfor God's. The staple of their life is selfish-ness. When they are not posing for effect, theirdays are full of things which are not lovely.It may be set down as a principle that thetrue test of a life is found in the things that
 
are done when no eye is watching,— thethings of the quiet days. The ten thousandlittle acts and words and manifestations of disposition, which make up the substance of living, much more fairly index the real char-acter than do the one or two things whichpeople talk about.After all, the greatness is not in the con-spicuousness of that which is done, but in itsMINISTRIES THAT BLESS. *Jlspirit, its moral quality. " With God there isneither little nor great ; there is only straightor crooked." That which we do really forGod is great, though it seem but a trifle inhuman eyes. That which we do only for menis small, though it bulk large as a mountain.We never know what will be the end of the smallest good we do in this world. Itmay start a series of blessings which shallextend, with increasing benefit, through cen-turies. There are single sentences in theBible which have been helping, comforting,strengthening, guiding, cheering, and inspiringmen and women for thousands of years andin all lands. There have, been single acts of simple kindness, done even without the thoughtthat they would be helpful, which have provedthe beginning of endless chains of blessing.Says Faber, " When men do anything forGod,— the very least thing,— they never knowwhere it will end, nor what amount of work itwill do for him. Love's secret, therefore, isto be always doing things for God, and not tomind because they are very little ones."

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