Signs of the Times

[Rev. L. E. Tranter, in the Canadian Baptist, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 20, 1923]

Don't grumble! You may drift into the habit carelessly, only to find that it will curse you, and cause untold harm. Too often we blame God or our fellows for what is the outcome of our own faults, while even if others are to blame, to fret and fume and growl will do no good. ... Be cheerful and cheer others. The cheerful voice always heartens both speaker and hearers. It makes the aged feel young again, and conveys new strength to the weak. It makes men brave to face danger and to attempt duty. It decks life's humdrum path with beautiful flowers. It is like angel's music to cheer fainting pilgrims along life's rugged ways. The wisest Teacher the world ever had, said, "Be of good cheer." Yet, too often, those who gather in our churches are as repellent as the cheap bells of some churches. Men march longer and sprightlier to inspiring strains, and our cheerful notes will not only send others forth bravely to life's battles; they will help us at the same time. We cannot all be orators, swaying thousands to great national tasks. We cannot all be great singers, stirring the soul with lofty emotions. But it is something if, like the canary in his little prison on the dullest day, we can be happy and sound happy and make others happy also. Cheer up and cheer others! When you dry the tears of discontent, you will see the choicest flowers decking what you imagined to be a dull and dreary road.

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January 19, 1924

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