joys, with no sorrows. We would excludepain from our life and all trouble. The dayswould all be sunny, with blue skies and noclouds or storms. The paths would all bemossy and strewn with flowers, without thornsor any rough places.All this has a very pleasing aspect for uswhen we think of it lightly and in a superficialway. Would not that be better than as wehave it now.? Would we not be happier, andwould not life mean more to us in blessing andgood, if we could direct our own affairs, andleave out the painful, the bitter, the adverse,and the sorrowful? So most of us wouldprobably say at first, before we have thoughtof the question deeply and looked on to theend. But really the greatest misfortune thatcould come to us in this world would be to havethe direction of the aff^airs and the shaping of I^oulti fSDm Wav lie I3etter?the experiences of our lives put into our ownhands. We have no wisdom to know what isbest for ourselves. To-day is not all of life — there is a long future, perhaps many years inthis world, and then immortality hereafter.What would give us greatest pleasure to-daymight work us harm in days to come. Presentgratification might cost us untold loss andhurt in the future.Our wants and our real needs are not alwaysthe same. We want pleasure, plenty, pros-perity — perhaps we need pain, self-denial, thegiving up of things that we greatly prize.