veloped. If work were not necessary our bodies would never grow into vigor and strength. If we were put into this world to do nothing, with no responsibility, with no share of the world's burdens to carry, just to be cared for as the birds are, we should never be anything but children in character and experience. If it were not necessary for us to choose between right and wrong, and good and evil, we should have only the untried inexperience of innocence, with no moral vigor, no tested and disciplined strength. In all life growth is attained through exertion, effort, struggle. The easy career makes nothing of itself. Antagonism, at which many chafe, really provides golden opportuni- ties for development. It is important that we understand well this law of life. There are those who always re- gard hindrances as evils, as real antagonisms. Some persons even begin to doubt God's love when they find themselves face to face with hard conditions, when they are called to meet losses or sore trials. They are discouraged at finding THE MIISTRY OF HIDRACES. \J\ it so hard to be faithful to God and loyal to duty. Really, however, hard things are tokens of God's favor. If our best friend is he who tries to make something of us, not he who would make things easy for us, surely God's friend- ship is shown in the experiences in which the man or woman in us shall be developed and trained. When God makes it necessary for us to struggle, to bear burdens, to fight battles, to put all our powers to the test, he is giving us a chance to grow.