WHAT I MUST
TRY TO BE.
BY MRS. T. J. CARNEY.
"Even a child is known by his doings." Pnov. 20: 11.
JAMES M. USHER.
THIS work is intended for the youngest pupils in
the Sabbath-school. To aid the teacher is its only
purpose, since, to benefit the little child, the simplest
manual must need much of explanation and illus-
JULIA A. F. CARNEY.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852,
By JAMES M. USHER,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD
IS LovE."- 1 John 4 : 8.
If God so loved us, we ought also to love one
another." 1 John 4: 11.
Who made us ? How can we show that we
Does He take care of us ? love God ?
Why should we love Him ? Who else do you love ?
Can we love Him too well ? Why ?
What does the Bible say How can you show that you
about love ? love them ?
I must love my heavenly Father,
Who hath made and keeps us all;
I must love the blessed Saviour,
For lie loved the children small.
And earthly friends I have to love,
My father and my mother, -
My sisters, brothers, playmates too,
We all must love each other.
"Remember all the commandments of the Lord,
and do them." Num. 15 : 39.
Children obey your parents in all things."--
Col. 3: 20.
Whose commandment must Does He see all things?
you remember ? What does He bid you do?
How ? Do you obey ?
When does he see you ? Do you obey promptly ?
Does he always see you-? Do you obey cheerfully ?
Is he everywhere?
The God of heaven I must obey,
And his commandments keep;
He sees me in the sunny day,
Or in the darkness deep.
He bids me love my parents kind,
Love and obey them too;
To keep all evil from my mind,
And all the good to do.
TRUTHFUL IN WORD.
"Love the truth." Zech. 8 : 19.
"Lie not against the truth."- James 3: 14.
Must you always speak the Can you tell a lie without
truth ? His knowing it?
What does the Bible say Who gave you the power to
about liars ? speak ?
When does God see us ? How should you use it?
What does he hear ?
God sees when no one else is near;
He hears the smallest word;
If I should dare to tell a lie,
It would by him be heard.
The very breath with which I speak
Is by his kindness given, -
My words must all be words of truth,
For all are heard in heaven.
TRUTHFUL IN DEED.
"He that is faithful in that which is least, is
faithful also in much." Luke 16 : 10.
"Walk in truth." 3 John 4.
What is it to be faithful ? Should we always act the
Should we be faithful in all truth ?
things ? Is not this as important as
To what must we be faith- to speak truly ?
ful ? Do you always act truly ?
True in word, and true in deed,
In the little as the much,
Seeking right and duty ever,
Christ the Lord approveth such.
To thy God, and to thy duty,
Thou must ever faithful be;
To thyself, and to thy brother,
Though he oft prove false to thee.
"Be ye kind one to another." Eph. 4 : 32.
"Be kindly affectioned one to another." -Rom.
To whom should you be Is God kind to all?
kind ? Is He kind to the wicked ?
Does the Bible command Is He kind to the poor?
this ? What does kindly affec-
Should you be kind to all ? tioned mean ?
Be ye kind to one another,
Little sister, little brother;
To the darling baby small, -
To the youthful playmates all.
Be ye kind to one another;
To thy father and thy mother,
To each creature, great or small,
Be ye kind to one and all.
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have re-
spect to all thy commandments." Ps. 119: 6.
"Honor thy father and thy mother."-Ex. 20 : 12.
To what should we have mandments?
respect ? What is meant by ashamed ?
Can you repeat the cornm- Should we be ashamed of
mandments ? anything but doing
Are there any other corn- wrong?
An aged man is passing now;
I'll meet him with a smile and bow,
For meet it is the young and low
Respect for age and worth should show.
To the commandments of the Lord,
And all the precepts of his word,
I'll give the reverence that is due,
And to my parents honor too.
"Let thine ear now be attentive." Neh. 1: 6.
"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father,
and attend to know understanding." Prov. 4 : 1.
Meaning of attentive ? Do you attend to your teach-
To what should we be atten- ers ?
tive ? Is your heart attentive ?
What is meant by instruc- Do you remember to do, as
tion ? well as hear ?
There are voices all around us,
From the hill-side and the grove,
From all earthly things that bound us,-
God is wisdom, God is love!
Let us list these teaching voices,
That our hearts no more may rove;
Since both earth and heaven rejoices, -
God is wisdom, God is love.
"Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name."-
Ps. 100: 4.
"Be ye thankful." Col. 3 : 15.
To whom should we be I Has any one else done as
thankful ? much ?
Whose name should we Should we be thankful to
bless ? any one else ?
Why? To whom?
What has he done for us ? What have they done for us ?
I thank thee, heavenly Father!
For life and love and light,
For the glory of the day-beam,
The calmness of the night.
I thank thee, O my Father!
That thou hast given to me
The blest example of thy Son,
The likeness unto Thee.
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven." Matt. 5 : 8.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord."-
James 4: 10.
Repeat the passages from In whose sight should we
the Bible. humble ourselves?
Who are blessed? Does He see all our weak-
Why ? ness?
What is the kingdom of Our sins ?
heaven ? Can he forgive them all?
How blest the poor in spirit!
For heavenly wealth is theirs,
A precious, precious answer
Unto their lowly prayers.
All ye, the proud of spirit,
If ye would seek the Lord,
Begin in lowliness of soul
To search his holy word.
Be gentle, showing all meekness unto all." -
Titus 3: 2.
The wisdom that is from above is gentle." -
James 3: 17.
What is it to be gentle ?
What is meekness ?
To whom should we show
Should we be gentle to
those who are not gentle
What is wisdom?
What is the wisdom from
How shall we gain this wis-
The little lamb is gentle,
And gentle is the dove;
And thus must little children
Together dwell in love.
But gentler than the little lamb
The wisdom from above;
And the little children's Saviour
Is gentler than the dove.
Study to be quiet." 1 Thess. 4 : 11.
"Ye ought to be quiet." Acts 19 : 36.
What is said in the Bible Is it any use to murmur?
about being quiet ? To fret ?
Who ought to be quiet ? To resist ?
Does God rule over all? Is it always easy to be
Does he order all things quiet?
right ? Should we try ?
Be quiet! God presideth
O'er every earthly ill,
He guideth all our feeble steps,
He aids and keeps us still.
Be quiet! in our feebleness,
Spurn not at Heaven's decree;
The Love hath ordered all aright
That ordered all to be.
Even a child is known by his doings." Prov.
And the child did minister unto the Lord." -
1 Sam. 2 : 11.
Repeat the first passage. What child is here meant?
What is meant by doings ? What else can you tell me
Are you willing to be known about him ?
by your doings? I What good can you do ?
Repeat the next.
The little child did minister
Unto the Lord of heaven;
And thus unto the least of us
Are sacred duties given.
None are too small to love and bless,
And none too weak to aid;
For labor and for usefulness
Was every being made.
"Be patient toward all." 1 Thess. 5: 14.
"Be ye also patient." James 5 : 8.
What is it to be patient ? Did he have much to be ?
Are you patient ? Who treated him unkindly
Towards whom should you How did he treat them?
be patient ? What was his prayer ?
Was our Saviour patient? Can we imitate him?
When cruel foes reviledbour Lord,
He answered not one bitter word.
When faint and weary, weak and worn,
Upon the cross by anguish torn,
Amid their words of insult there,
Father, forgive them was his prayer.
Lord! if the world so treated thee,
Can we not also patient be ?
Rejoice with them that do rejoice." Rom.
Rejoice evermore."- 1 Thess. 5 : 16.
What is it to rejoice ? cheerful ?
To be cheerful ? Have we many blessings?
Do you remember what is Are all our blessings ever
said about a cheerful taken away ?
giver ? How should we repay them?
Should we always try to be
The sunbeams smile upon the wave,
The wave upon the shore;
Thus every thing that God hath made
Shall we, the children of the earth,
The future heirs of heaven,
Repay with tears and murmuring
The many blessings given ?