As two gentlemen were entering a railway station one day, they met a stranger just leaving it. After passing him, one remarked, "That man has been a soldier, I know by his walk." "Well," said the other, "I thought he must have been, from his politeness. Did you notice how gracefully he saluted us as we looked at him?" 

"That is just as it should be," returned the first gentleman; "a soldier in plain clothes should be the same as though he were in uniform. His behavior should ever identify him as a true soldier, wherever he is."

The above remarks are worth remembering, because they point out a great truth; one that is applicable to all, even the children. None are so young but their walk may unmistakably point them out as soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the service of the Master there are burdens and crosses for every one. These should be borne in such a manner as to show without doubt of whom we learned to bear them.  God's word tells us that "Even a child is known by his doings." How true this is, and how easy it is to point out the true soldier among the "little folks," by his doings. See those boys. How differently they treat that old gentleman whom they meet. One, rudely hallooing, jostles by without appearing to notice him, while the other bows very pleasantly as he passes. 

At home, also, it is readily seen which is the good boy and the true soldier; the one who is kind to his brothers and sisters, and courteous to his parents.

By his behavior toward all, the last boy wins a place in their affections, and grows up a good man, worthy of the confidence of every one; while the first is shunned by all good people on account of his rudeness, and he grows up a rough man, uncultivated in his manners, and disorderly in his walk. Let each strive to live so that his walk may prove him to be a good soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

J. O. C.