Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
I. A GOOD MAN REALISING THE MORAL INFLUENCE OF OUTWARD CIRCUMSTANCES. We say it matters not what circumstances are, we all can be good. But it is manifestly easier for some to be than others. It becomes a religious duty to make our outward circumstances helpful as far as possible, relieving us from undue care, and helping us to keep a quiet spirit.
II. A GOOD MAN DISCERNING THE DANGER OF EXTREMES IN CIRCUMSTANCES. Under them men ever lose their power of self-restraint.
III. A GOOD MAN PRAYING TO REACH AND REST IN THE HAPPY MEDIUM. Is such contentment with our circumstances compatible with right ambition, and striving to be faithful in all things?
(R. Tuck, B.D.)
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