Should Be a Refuge for the Youth
shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me. Mark 9:37
Our homes should be a place of refuge for
the tempted youth. Many there are who stand at the parting of the ways. Every
influence, every impression, is determining the choice that shapes their
destiny both here and hereafter.
Do not hold yourselves aloof from them,
but come close to them. Bring them to your firesides; invite them to your
family altars. There is work that thousands need to have done for them. Every
tree in Satan's garden is hung with tempting, poisonous fruit, and a woe is
pronounced upon every one who plucks and eats.
Evil invites them. Its resorts are made
bright and attractive. They have a welcome for every comer. All about us are
youth who have no home and many whose homes have no helpful, uplifting power,
and the youth drift into evil. They are going down to ruin within the very
shadow of our own doors.
These youth need a hand stretched out to
them in sympathy. Kind words simply spoken, little attentions simply bestowed,
will sweep away the clouds of temptation which gather over the soul. The true
expression of heaven-born sympathy has power to open the door of hearts that
need the fragrance of Christlike words and the simple, delicate touch of the
spirit of Christ's love. If we would show an interest in the youth, invite them
to our homes, and surround them with cheering, helpful influences, there are
many who would gladly turn their steps into the upward path.
Remember that happiness will not be found
in shutting yourselves up to yourselves, satisfied to pour out all your
affection upon each other. Seize upon every opportunity for contributing to the
happiness of those around you. . . . True joy can be found only in unselfish
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