Charles Naylor

As Sparks Fly Upward

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Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward! Job 5:7

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33

“Through many hardships and tribulations, we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22

No one has ever lived, who has not had his times of discouragement, heaviness, sorrow and disappointment. Cares and afflictions come to all.

Life has its adversities–it must needs have them. Adversity, pain, sorrow, and disappointment–are thelathe upon which God shapes us. They are the grinding-wheel which grinds and smoothes us. They are thepolishing-wheel which makes us shine.

If we can never be happy until we are so situated that nothing exists which may tend to render us unhappy–then we shall have little happiness in life.

Happiness does not come from a life of ease and indolence. It is not the result of the absence of obstacles and difficulties. Happiness comes from triumphing over them. Therefore the song of true happiness, often arises from the soul which undergoes many adversities.

Dear soul, Jesus knows all about your troubles. He knows every heartache, every difficulty, everything you must overcome, everything you must bear. Trusting in His grace, relying upon His help–you shall soon find your heart filling again with melody, for the clouds will pass away!

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away!” Revelation 21:4

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We have published Charles Naylor’s uplifting short article, “Singing in Adversity“.

 

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Harsh As Catbird

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There are very many things that may choke out love in the home. One of these is the lack of kindness. If you have grown less kind in your feelings, in your actions, and in your words–then love cannot thrive. Kindness is one of the best fertilizers for love.

There are so many people who have two sets of tones in which to speak–and two sets of manners in which they act. They have their company manners–and their family manners. When they have company–then the voice is soft and pleasant, and the manners are agreeable and kindly. They treat their friends with the greatest consideration; but as soon as their friends are gone, the pleasant voice changes into crossness or harshness and fault-finding–and the pleasantness of manner disappears! In how many homes is this true!

The greater consideration, the greater kindness–is due the home folks. Otherwise, love cannot flourish. If you wish to have love for your home folks–then you must show them the consideration that is due them.

Some professors of religion are like the catbird!
When it is away from its nest–then it is one of the sweetest of the northern warblers; but when it is close to its nest–then you will hear only a harsh, discordant note. It has no sweetness in its voice while at its nest.

In the same way, some people reserve all their kindness, tenderness, and sweetness–for those outside the family circle. Is it any wonder that love dies in such a home?

“Love must be without hypocrisy.” Romans 12:9

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You may want to read the whole of Charles Naylor’s helpful one page article, “How to Fertilize Love“.