Serial Reading of Young People’s Problems Chapter 21 – A High Sense of Honor

Serial Reading of Young People’s Problems

Chapter 21 – A High Sense of Honor

Chapter 21 builds upon the previous chapter, “That Will Do!” Pastor Miller’s thoughts press forward with these important words: “Youth is the time for the building of character. What we expect to be when we are out in the world in mid-life — we must begin to be when we are in school.” I’ve often quoted John Luhmann: “Every day you are becoming who you will be forever.”

In this chapter, Miller writes:

Nothing is too small to take into the account in the making up of life. We may say that there is no harm in this, that that is not wrong, that we would be foolish to care for such little things as moralists insist upon. But ‘trifles make perfection.’ It is often the little blemishes that mar the beauty of the character; and the little ‘no harms’ that dim the luster of the character. ‘Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a stinking savor.’

There are many little things which seem not to be sinful, not distinctly immoral — which yet indicate a low moral tone. It is very easy to grow lenient with one’s self, to relax the severe demands of one’s conscience, and to drop into little self-indulgences which not many years past, one could not have been induced to admit into one’s life.

Many men find themselves doing things in their mid-years, which in their young manhood they could not have consented to do. There is need, therefore, for the cultivation among young people of a high sense of honor, and the maintenance of a lofty standard of life and conduct.

There are many temptations to things which are not altogether honorable. Every such temptation should be met with resolute firmness. Only the sternest and most rigorous self-discipline, will keep one’s life up to a high standard in this regard. It is easy to think that what is conventional in conduct, is good enough, being as good as other people are. But we must take no lower standard than absolute perfection. We must set our watches by the sun of God’s Word — not by any other person’s watch.”

In this chapter, Miller discusses the honorable use of the tongue in the family, honorable habits in friendships, and (very practically) the honorable use of money. As I mused upon this chapter, I could not help but to think of the words of our Lord in Matt. 15:11— “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth;” for what comes out in words and deeds are the true expression of what’s within, the true condition of heart and soul. Thus, says Miller, “In every department of life, we should set as our standard the highest sense of honor in all our conduct, and in all our relations to others. God desires truth in the inward parts, and that truth should show itself without blemish or spot in every word and act.

Do not skip this chapter, nor take these words lightly in using this opportunity to translate these words into your eye-level TEAM2work instruction.

Find the full text on Grace Gems at: http://gracegems.org/Miller/young_peoples_problems.htm

Chapter 22 – On Doing Our Best

(to be continued)

— Joe LoGiudice, Principal