Many of the accidents, failures, and seeming misfortunes of life may be traced to a neglect, on the part of some individual, of the duty assigned him. The engineer fails to stop the train at the right moment, a collision follows, and many lives are sacrificed. The clerk forgets to mail his employer's letter, and a loss of thousands of dollars is the result. These persons did not intend to be unfaithful, but they were careless and inattentive.

The same habit is common among boys and girls, and many think it a sufficient excuse for any neglect of duty to say, "Oh, I forgot all about it!"  Such a habit, if inindulged, will destroy their usefulness. Nobody wishes to employ a person who cannot be depended upon to remember and attend to what is committed to his care. By making a proper effort we may learn to remember, as the following anecdote will show:

A successful businessman says that in early life he learned two lessons that were always of great use to him; never to lose anything, and never to forget anything.

An old lawyer sent him to deliver a very important paper, with certain instructions what to do with it.

"But," inquired the young man, "what shall I do if I lose it? "The answer was given with great emphasis,

  "You must not lose it!"

"I don't mean to," said the young man, "but suppose I should happen to?"

"But you must not happen to! I shall make no provision for any such occurrence.

You must not lose it."  Of course, accidents sometimes occur, beyond our power to control; but the old lawyer well knew that these are far less frequent than we often imagine.

A new train of thought was awakened in the young man's mind, and he found thatif he was determined to do anything he could do it. He made such provisions against every contingency that he never lost anything. He found this equally true about forgetting. If anything of importance was to be remembered, he fixed it upon his mind and made it stay there.

This is the secret of a good memory, and the lesson should be learned in youth, forin after years it will be more difficult to acquire.

The same habit of attention is necessary in the service of God. Our Heavenly Father knew that we would be in danger of forgetfulness, and he has given us special admonitions on this point: "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."

There is much to attract the attention, and unless we make an earnest and persevering effort to remember our duty to him we shall be so interested in the things of the world that life will pass, and the day of Judgment find us unprepared, to be destroyed with those who forget God.

If we remember God, he has promised to remember us. A book of remembrance is written before him "of them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name."

And very great blessings are pronounced upon those who "remember his commandments to do them." Shall we share these blessings?

M. A. D.

Remember to sit and stand straight!!

Don’t be lazy at any rate

Slouchers will meet their fate.