not that scapegrace likely to be less careful and courteous by the way than a youth who loves his home ? The lad who is going home to his mother after twelve months in his first situation, how does he feel ? There are not five minutes of the way when his heart does not leap as he thinks of his mother and his sisters, and he is longing for the kiss of welcome; but for all that, that lad can look after his luggage; for all that, that lad can pay the courtesies that are due to a fellow-traveller ; and I warrant him, if he loves his mother and sisters, he is likely to do this far more than the young scape grace I have described. o ! one who is going to heaven, and oft thinks of heaven, may yet, for all that, attend to every duty of the way; may yet, for all that, and because of that , do all things right. I do not at all plead religion as an excuse for idleness. If a professedly Christian man gave me lofty looks instead of good hard honest work, I should not say much to him. He would not have learned the alphabet of what should consti tute true religious life. When you have learned that Christianity and the due performance of all duties are not incompatible, you have learned a good deal; and you have also learned to "offer all your offerings through the ever blessed name " of Christ. You can work for God in daily things, and the Lord will bless you in the midst of them. I quite agree with what was said by good old John ewton, that "if a man were but a shoeblack, he should try to be the best in the village." "What soever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." It is true about common things ; and no man has a right to plead spirituality in excuse of laziness. Let him be diligent in business, and there is a way of being fervent in spirit, all the time serving the Lord. I dare say, however, in regard to common things, some of you don t want the spur so much as the check-rein. Some of you young people have fairly got into the stream of life ; and I know I need not say anything to you to urge you in these matters ; but perhaps even to such it may not be out of place 28 THE GREAT WORK OF LIFE.