15the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation;
18there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."
The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would
21thus become beautifully less; and in the same propor- tion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would
24become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sana-
27tive method; and the "perfect Love" that "casteth out fear" is a sure defense.
IMPROVE YOUR TIME
Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon
3the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing. A great amount of time is consumed in talking nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one
6should do. If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present.
Three ways of wasting time, one of which is con-
9temptible, are gossiping mischief, making lingering calls, and mere motion when at work, thinking of nothing or planning for some amusement, — travel of limb more
12than mind. Rushing around smartly is no proof of ac- complishing much.
All successful individuals have become such by hard
15work; by improving moments before they pass into hours, and hours that other people may occupy in the pursuit of pleasure. They spend no time in sheer idleness, in
18talking when they have nothing to say, in building air- castles or floating off on the wings of sense: all of which drop human life into the ditch of nonsense, and worse
21than waste its years.
"Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate;
24Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait."
27It was a beautiful group! needing but canvas and the touch of an artist to render it pathetic, tender, gorgeous.