« PreviousContinue »
eyery duty, both moral and religious. This omission, which frequently occurs to my mind, has led me to offer this feeble attempt, which, should it excite a more competent pen to discuss this very important topic, (seriously important, when we reflect, that this period of life very much influences every succeeding year,) would give me the double satisfaction of having benefitted you, and of becoming a stimulus to those who are better qualified than myself, for treating this subject. But I wish you, my dear boy, rather to improve by my imperfect rules, than to suffer time to
a st wit
rich, and bringeth no sorrow with it" for, whatever the careless may think God is the same he ever was; his threats and promises have to same force, as when they were declared unto mankind.
riction of the great truths of the gospel, would cause to spring up. Chus the man who takes up religion, ecause it is the custom of those round him, and he who embraces it om the force of truth, differ widely om each other. The grand truths
religion are not so difficult as me disputers would render them; ey are so clearly shown, that “ he ho runs may read,” unless he willlly shut his eyes : and, however e christian world my be divided in me, in the fundamental articles of r belief all will be found to unite. ir greatest danger lies not in conversy, which may sometimes be
glide away in the expectation of
Dot better; for the difficulty lies not in giving, but in taking advice, and turning it to our own advantage. Young men are apt to think themselves wiser than their fathers ; but, my son, this is a false idea, which will be rectified by experience. Yet the young have this peculiar advantage; they can employ all the wisdom of past ages, be as wise as the, ancient, and yet go on adding knowledge to knowledge.
If you do not benefit by my ten- e ter der care for you, the error will as- ketera uredly be your own, and if you do things
not profit by my cautions, your follies will be more without excuse. But I shall continue my design to instruct you in your true interest, with fervent prayer that God would ever do you good, and be your sure and everlasting guide : for as our actions should all be done for his glory, so all our enterprises and undertakings should be begun in the hope and trust of that assistance which he has promised to those who ask it. Therefore, as in the ordering of our worldly affairs, we should be very careful to serve God in our a generation, so we should look up to 4 him for that blessing which “ maketh