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Be of Good Cheer.

Be of Good Cheer.

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" Thou hast put gladness in my heart." — Ps. iv. "J.

" Thou hast put gladness in my heart." — Ps. iv. "J.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 01, 2014
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BE OF GOOD CHEER. BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH " Thou hast put gladness in my heart." — Ps. iv. "J. If one would make his life profitable and happy, he must be at great pains to fit himself to his cir-cumstances or environment. A vast deal depends on the successful endeavor to do so, because in that way only can he maintain in ordinary times a calm and cheerful, or in the stress of sorrow a resigned, state of mind. Not that he need be entirely satisfied with his environment, for it is also his duty to look forward to something better and to make such changes as ambition may prompt or an honest effort achieve. But to be forever discontented with what you have is to lessen, or possibly to lose, the power to make the best of it. There is a kind of restlessness which is almost godlike, for it implies that the soul is capable of 199
200 HERALD SERMONS. indefinite progress ; and as the clothes of youth are outgrown in manhood and we purchase others which fit our increased stature, so the soul must change its garments and put on larger thoughts and projects and hopes. There is another kind of discontent, which is thoroughly depressing and is therefore to be avoided, because it draws the cur-tains down and forces you to sit in the dark. When a man says, " This is well enough for to-day, but to-morrow I shall have more and better," he is in just the state of mind that makes the more and the better possible. But when one feels that his circumstances are not only a hardship, but also an injustice, he can neither get out of his present the best there is in it, nor look forward to the future with anything like good cheer. The people who indulge in this latter train of thought are a very bad sort of Christians. They are at odds
with themselves and with the Almighty ; they spend so much time in wishing that things were not as they are that there is no time left in which to use their experience to the best advantage. If we would recognize how much we have to be grateful for instead of finding fault because there are those who seem to be better off than we, we BE OF GOOD CHEER. 201 should find a deal of comfort to which we are now strangers. The difference to a man's soul, to his temper, to his general disposition, and, not least of all, to his bodily health, between the conviction that he can do great things with what he has, and the conviction that he can do nothing because he has not what he thinks he ought to have, is prac-tically the difference between a life sweetened by faith and effort, and a life embittered by an estrangement between himself and the very nature of things.

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