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Looking Where We Are Going. By Rev. Stuart Nye Hutchison. Walk circumspectly. Ephesians 5:15. A boy was sitting on the porch with his foot done tip in bandages. Someone came by and asked him what was the matter. He said that he had stepped on a broken bottle and cut his foot. Just then his mother spoke up and said, "That is the great trouble with Tommy. lie never looks where he is going." There are mary boys and girls like Tommy. They do not look wrhcre they are going, and the first thing they, know they are in trouble. "We have a little text today that ought to suit boys and girls like that. It is very short. It is this: " Walk circumspectly." That sounds like something very hard, but it isn't. It means: "Look where you are go ing." Sometimes when you arc starting out some where you hear your mother Say to you, "Now mind and look where you arc going." A long, long time ago Paid, the great apostle, told Christians that they were to look where they were going. That is pretty good advice, and I thing we ought to think about it for a little while this morning. We must look where we are going at school. A man was talking to me about his boy in school. He said. "I want liiin to go 011 through grammar school and high school. But he does not want to study. He wants to stop and go to wrork and I may have to let him, for he will not. study. A few years from now that boy will be look ing for a better place and will not be able to get it because he does not know enough. If that boy will look ahead and see where the road he is traveling leads him, he will be care ful to take his father's advice. Then we ought everyone of us to look where we are going in the formation of our life hab its. It is very easy when we are children to form habits that we will never be able to break all our lives. There was a man once who was reading a book in a boat along the Niagara River. As he read the boat drifted loose and began to float down the river. lie was busy with the book and did not notice it. All at once he looked up and saw that he was drifting fast toward the falls. lie threw down the book and jumped for the oars. But the current was too swift, lie could not stop the boat, and if help had not come he would have gone over the falls and lost his life. The trouble was that he did not look soon enough where he was go ing. It is so easy for any of us to get into habits of life that will by and by carry us to ruin. The only way to guard against this is to look where we are going. When we kneel down every day we ought to ask God to show us the way to go, and if it is not the right way to tell us where he would have us go. There was once a man who was dying. He was an old man and he was not a Christian. As the doctor came out of his room, he met old Sam, his colored servant, who had been with him for many years. He said, ' 'Sam, do you know that your master is going on a long journey pretty soon?" Sam said, "No, sail, I ain't heard nothing of this. "When Massa goes away he says to me, 'Sam, get my clothes out. Sam, pack my bag.* Old Massa ain't said nuthin to me. If he's goin, he ain't ready." The old man was going to die and he wasn't ready. He had lived a long life and had never looked ahead to what comes when this life is over. There is another life after this one. It is a great thing when we are young to look ahead and get everything ready for that other life. "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth." "Look where you are going." Norfolk, Ya. some one whom you do not like, you can think about that prayer, and I'm sure that it will help you just as it must have helped the little girl in India. ? The Sunbeam. HER FIRST LETTER. Dear Presbyterian : I go to school every day that I can. My teacher's name is Miss Eva Baker. I like her fine. I go to Sunday-school every Sunday. My teacher's name is Mrs. Williams. I like her fine. I have six brothers and four sisters. This is my first letter to your paper. Prom your unknown friend, Brook Neal, Va. Annie Foster. Dear Annie : I am glad you like your teach ers so well. Write to me again. H. A. STUDYING THE CATECHISM. Dear Presbyterian : I am a little girl seven years old. My school teacher is Mrs. Graliam, she comes to our home for one and one-half hours every day. I go to Sunday-schobl every Sunday. My S. S. teacher in my mother. Of course I love her. I am learning the catechism. Lignite, Va. Virginia Frances Stull. Dear Virginia : It is nice to have mother for your S. S. teacher, isn't it? Work hard on that catechism so I can send you a certificate. H. A. FATHER TAKES THE PRESBYTERIAN. Dear Presbyterian: I am a girl thirteen years old and have two sisters and one brother younger than myself and four brothers "older. This is iffy first letter to you. I go to Sunday, school every Sunday I can. My father takes your paper. Your friend, Corn well, S. C. - Ruth Boyd. Dear Ruth : Do you like to read the letters and stories in the Presbyterian? ? H. A. GOES TO SUNDAY SCHOOL. Dear Presbyterian : I am eleven years old. I go to Sunday-school every Sunday I can. My teacher is Miss McKeown. I go to school at Cornwell. I have five brothers and two sisters. Your unknown friend, Cornwell, S. C. Sarah Boyd. Dear Sarah: I am glad to know that you go to Sunday-school every Sunday. Have you recited the catechism? ? H. A. IN THE THIRD GRADE. . Dear Presbyterian : I am in the 3rd grade at school. I go to Sunday-school. To-day is Sunday but I could not go because I had a cold. My Sunday-school teacher is Mrs. J. R. McAlpine. My school teacher is Miss J. L. Bass. I like them. Your friend, Mary E. McMillan. Dear Mary : 1 am very sorry that you have such a bad cold that you can't go out, and hope you arc better now. H. A. PUZZLE FOR WISE HEADS. Dear Presbyterian: I am a little girl ten years old. I read your paper every week and enjoy it very much. I recited the Shorter Catechism to my pastor. I go to school every day and I am in the sixth grade. I am send ing you a "puzzle for wise heads," which I made up. Names of five great cities in America : Wingtonash, Yrkowne, Tboson, Mondcrih, Morealthi. Your little friend, Louise Carson. Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Louise : This is a good puzzle you have sent. Now we will see who can work it out. ? H. A. A PRAYER. Dear Presbyterian: I'm a little girl ten years old. I have one brother and sister. They are very nice to me and I am good to them. My mother is living and my father is dead, and I have a step-father now. I go to school at Cold Harbor High School. My teacher's name is Miss Nannie Belle Puller. I know my les sons sometimes. I go to Sunday-school every Sunday I can. I know one prayer by heart. At school I sit in a ltitle seat by myself. I hope you will print this letter for me and the little prayer, too. Your friend, Helen Harwood. R 1, Richmond, Ya. My little prayer : God make my life a little light, Within the world to glow; A little flame that burneth bright Wherever I may go. The greatest lesson taught us, The dearest holiest one, Is love ? the love that bought us ? The love of God's own Son. O hear us, Saviour, as we pray And give us loving hearts today. Dear Helen : That is a beautiful prayer. I wonder if you are trying to do your part to keep your heart loving. You can help a great deal, you know. H. A. LIKES TO HELP FATHER. Dear Presbyterian: My father takes your good paper. I love to read the stories in it. Our school is closed for a while on account of infantile paralysis. I have had the measles. I did not like them in the least. I like to help my father at work. We live on a farm of sev enty-five acres. This is my first letter to you. I have recited the little catechism. Your friend, Perry Wees. Elkins, W. Va. Dear Perry : It is too bad about your school being closed. I hope you will not miss it too much. We will send you a certificate for re citing the catechism. H. A.