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PLOUGHING AND SOWING.
THOUGHTS FOE THE NEW YEAR.
Other year gone!—with all ita ups and downs, cares, Is, pleasures, blessings, and joys. It has been so asant to some, that they would like to live it over in; others would not—they have had so many storms 1 trials to encounter, that they are but too glad the ir is ended. However, it does not matter much what 'wishes are, the year 1859 will never return.
"The mighty flood, that rolls along
"So days, and years, and ages past,
PLOUGHING AND SOWING.
But what we want to say is not so much about the • past as the future-not so much about 1859 as about 1860. Suppose that you were sure to live another year, how do you mean to spend it? Is it to be wasted—its hours, and days, and months thrown away; or do you mean to devote it to the service of God? Young people often think they have got so many years before them, that they can afford to waste one, that it is all very well for old people to take care of the minutes and the hours, because they have not many left. But this is a sad delusion: it has been tlie ruin of many, both for time and eternity, Youth is the spring-time of life, and no one who neglects his fields in spring can hope for å fruitful harrest. Solomon, in his Proverbs, has given us the lesson: “The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold ; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing."
The fields must be ploughed even before the colds of winter have passed away, else the farmer will come to beggary. It would perhaps be more pleasant for these men and horses (sce woodcut) to be at home, sheltered from the cold spring winds and driving sleet; and, if they did as many a boy and girl do, they would be idling at home, caring nothing for days to come. But, if they 80 acted, sad times would come upon them--something far more terrible than frost and sleet. Hunger and poverty would teach them the stern lesson, that the gluggard "shall beg in harvest, and have nothing."
Let boys and girls at school remember this—let them plough up their minds and memories, and get them filled with good seed, with useful knowledge, whilst there is time. The harvest of this life is coming, and those only who plough and sow well now—who are persevering and industrious - may expect to gather good fruit then.
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This lesson applies not only to the present life, but o to the nest. We must plough and sow for eternity. Lay up a good foundation against the time to come." Their soul"—that is, those who plough and sow— ihall be as a well-watered garden." Ihe lazy cannot succeed. Your soul is the garden: it ist not be barren, for God will water; but it will be rren if you do not work. The watered field will fill no in's bosom in the harvest if it be not tilled in spring. lerefore, "break up your fallow ground" (Jer. iv. S). it remember, although the field be tilled and broken, ; labour will be unprofitable if it be sown with "tares," not sown at all. "The seed is the Word," and ourIves the field to be cultivated. Put tho good seed mtifully in. Hide the Word in your heart diligently, eat your soul as carefully as the farmer treats his fields, ■aw fences round it. Keep out all the tares—the iers and thorns of sin.
Begin this year well. Resolve in God's strength, that shall be a fruitful year; and, to ensure this, commence 3 ploughing in time—that is, Now. Make sure of Jesus your Saviour; then you will sow good seed in good .1, and the "fruit shall be unto holiness, and the e id erlasting life." Go to work as if this were the last year u had to live. It may be so. Who can tell? So spend therefore, that if the Master comes at morning, noon, night, he may find you working, and welcome you th " Well done, good aud faithful servant." Bemember, "He that soweth to his flesh shall of the sh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit all of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Gal. vi. 8.)
RECOLLECTIONS OP WILLIAM B.'
Ycu remember William's bright countenance — j1 remember how decorous he was, and attentive; he regularly he attended; how beautifully he sang, so tin asked him to lead the praise. Besides this, he was net absent on Wednesday evenings, or at any meeting importance; the library, both congregational and 3t bath school, was much used. Not a missionary's life • book is there that he did not read. At home, the n stance of almost every article in the Christian Tnan was treasured in his mind.
Some months ago he called on me, stating his inta tion to be a missionary. To be in some foreign par where no missionary had ever been, taking his sister n him, was the romance-coloured but sincere desire of tl youth. I knew how difficult a thing it is to be a minii■ or missionary, and how men and Satan try to strii down such an one, as the lightning strikes a high phc . cle, and was slow to encourage tho idea; but still, ift conversation, I could not discourage him, for his men faculties, and the whole bent of his mind, seemed to k that direction; and I arranged for his entering on course of classical learning. That he should die I nw feared. Even when he was sick and ill, I could • think, after what I knew of his inmost soul, that God a not intend to gratify the desire which, I thought, he put, in his heart; and William's last words were, "1 i not think the Master would have sent for me so soon."
In this state of mental and spiritual preparation, let boys think he was without play, for he was active Cm only that he hated evil companions, and would not, Ij told, be even seen in their company. On one occasia boldly reproved a man for swearing; and, having fori a cricket-club, the rule laid down was a fine for the 1 offence in the way of evil language, and expulsion fon second. Let boys fly, as from the plague, from all tin
• Part of the monthly address to the children of Canning Ml Presbyterian Church, Liverpool, the first Sabbath of Hmoj