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By J. R. Miller, D.D.



Anybody can be a Christian on Sunday. It
is not hard to have holy thoughts and heaven-
ward aspirations and longings for communion
with God, while we are amid devout worship-
pers whose hearts are all aflame with love for
Christ. It is not hard to be sweet-tempered
and to feel kindly and unselfish when we are
sitting in the church, listening to a good ser-
mon, joining in an inspiring hymn, or bowing
in prayer. It ought not to be hard for us to
be good amid the holy influences which belong
to the holy day.

By J. R. Miller, D.D.



Anybody can be a Christian on Sunday. It
is not hard to have holy thoughts and heaven-
ward aspirations and longings for communion
with God, while we are amid devout worship-
pers whose hearts are all aflame with love for
Christ. It is not hard to be sweet-tempered
and to feel kindly and unselfish when we are
sitting in the church, listening to a good ser-
mon, joining in an inspiring hymn, or bowing
in prayer. It ought not to be hard for us to
be good amid the holy influences which belong
to the holy day.

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THE OTHER DAYS.By J. R. Miller, D.D." Never a day is givenBut it tones the after years,And it carries up to heavenIts sunshine or its tears ;While the to-morrows stand and wait— The silent mutes by the outer gate."Anybody can be a Christian on Sunday. Itis not hard to have holy thoughts and heaven-ward aspirations and longings for communionwith God, while we are amid devout worship-pers whose hearts are all aflame with love forChrist. It is not hard to be sweet-temperedand to feel kindly and unselfish when we aresitting in the church, listening to a good ser-mon, joining in an inspiring hymn, or bowingin prayer. It ought not to be hard for us tobe good amid the holy influences which belongto the holy day.240THE OTHER DAYS.24 1But it is the other days that test our life,the days which come between the Sundays.Then we have to go out among people, andpeople are not always good. Some of themare selfish, some are worldly, some antagonizeus, some irritate us. It is not so easy to keepour heart gentle and our speech kindly in these
 
experiences. We find the world's atmospheredifferent altogether from that of the church orthat of the sheltered home.Then, on the other days we have to bearmany burdens which we lay off on Sunday.As soon as the Sabbath is over, we must takeup again the task-work of the week-days. Wemust carry on our regular occupation, andsometimes the work is hard. Our tasks irk us. The routine wears us out. It is the samething over and over again for six days, begin-ning every morning, toiling all day, cominghome tired at night.Then, sometimes the work does not succeed — we have many failures. We find also com-petition and rivalry. Other people contestevery inch of the ground with us. If we are242THE JOY OF SERVICE.in business, the competition is usually verysharp and keen. Sometimes we meet withmeanness and dishonesty, too, in those whoare our rivals. They are not always willing toapply the Golden Rule to their business meth-ods. All this makes it hard for us to meet thelife of the other days. It is not easy for usto keep cheerful in spirit, and to maintaingentle feelings, as we move through these try-ing experiences.The other days also bring to us, to appealto our human nature, forms of amusement andpleasure which do not usually tempt us onSunday. Most of us are in a measure shutaway from the world on the Lord's Day. Our
 
Christian habits are our protection. We spendthe day in religious services, and in duties of love which fill hand and heart. We scarcelythink of the great world outside, with itsthrobbing life and its sin and sorrow. Ourenvironment for the day is so kindly, so fullof spiritual help, so friendly to devotion, sowarm and congenial, as almost to make usforget that we are in a world where temptationTHE OTHER DAYS.243assails, where evil rules. But as we go outon Monday, we find ourselves suddenly incontact with all manner of worldly influences.The very atmosphere is antagonistic to spirit-uality. It is as if we had passed suddenlyfrom a tropical summer into arctic winter. Itis not easy to live the holy life of a Christianamid the scenes and experiences of the week-days.But a Christian must be a Christian allthe days. It is not enough to be in the Spiriton the Lord's day— we must be in the Spiriton the other days too. We are to keep our-selves in the love of God all the week. Holi-ness does not consist merely in devout feelingstoward God, and reverent worship in God'shouse. We are to be Christians in our schoollife, in our business, in our amusements, inour friendships. We are to carry out the prin-ciples of Christianity in our associations withthe world. Our hands are God's, and can beused fitly only in doing God's work on any day.Our feet are God's, and may be employedonly in walking in good ways, the ways of the

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