Amusements, pleasures & gaieties of the world
(John Abbott, "The Christian Mother")
It is not necessary for us to search for happiness
in dangerous and forbidden paths. The young,
inexperienced in the dangers of the world, often
wonder why their pious parents are so unwilling
that they should acquire a fondness for worldly
amusements--which appear so innocent and
pleasing to their youthful hearts.
Parents! Cultivate in your children a taste for pure and
noble pleasures--instead of a love of worldly gaiety.
Pure and noble pleasures last. They wear well. They
leave no sting behind. The pleasures of worldliness
and gaiety do not wear well. They exhaust the powers
of body and mind, and all the capacities of enjoyment,
prematurely--and leave a sting behind. That is the
reason why the Word of God condemns them--and
why Christians abstain from them.
He who acquires a taste for the amusements, pleasures
and gaieties of the world--will find his earthly happiness
greatly impaired, and will be exposed to temptations
which will greatly endanger his eternal well-being.
These worldly amusements are all of the same general
character--leading to peculiar temptations. They all tend
to destroy the taste for those quiet, domestic enjoyments,
which, when cultivated, grow brighter and brighter every
year--and which confer increasing solace and joy when
youth has fled, and old age, and sickness, and misfortune
come. Christian parents endeavor to guard their children
against acquiring a taste for these worldly pleasures,
because they foresee that these amusements will, in the
end, disappoint them--and they can lead them in a safer
path--and one infinitely more promotive of their happiness!
The true Christian has experienced the folly of a life of
worldly pleasure. There are thousands who were once the
devotees of worldly gaiety--and they will tell you, that,
since they have abandoned their former pursuits, and
sought happiness in different objects, and cultivated a
taste for different pleasures, they have found peace and
satisfaction, which they never knew before--and they
have no more disposition to turn back to these gaieties,
than they have to resume the rattles of babyhood!