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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 262
marked out for us; he is a bad soldier who fights and marches with reluctancy. We must receive the orders with spirit and cheerfulness, and not endeavor to shirk out of the path which is assigned us in this beautiful disposition of things, whereof even suffe ring makes a necessary part. Let us address ourselves to Him who governs all; saying: "Parent of Nature! Master of the World! Where 'er Thy Providence directs, behold, My steps with cheerful resignation turn; Fate leads the willing, drags the backward on. Why should I grieve, when grieving I must bear, Or take with guilt, what guiltless I might share?" (Cltmenthes.) Thus let us speak, and thus let us act. Resignation to the will of God is true magnanimity. But the sure mark of a pusillanimous and base spirit is, to struggle against, or to censure the order of Providence; instead of mending our con duct to set up for correcting that of the Almighty. What Makes Life worth Living"? "Is life worth living?" It depends entirely on what the life is. Some lives are not worth living as they are, but the fault rests with the men who live them. The drunkard's life is not worth living, but it is his own fault. The blasphemer's life is not worth living; but it is his own fault. The thief's life is not worth living, but it is his own fault. The gold-hunters life is not worth living; but it is his own fault. "Let us eat and drink to-morrow we die." Is such a life worth living? No, for the beast does that. "Let us study dress and appearance." And is such a life worth living? No, for the peacock does that. "Let us laugh our sorrows out of the world." And is such a life worth living? No, for the chattering ape docs that. A Godless life is a worthless life; but a Godly life is always worth living. And what is it that makes life worth living? The presence of Christ in the heart.