Life-lessons

(J. R. Miller, "In Green Pastures")

"Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble
 in heart." Matthew 11:29

We all fail in the life-lessons which our great
Teacher sets for us. The hardest school-tasks are
easily mastered—in comparison with the lessons of:
  patience,
  sweet temper,
  forgiveness,
  unselfishness,
  gentleness,
  humility,
  purity,
  contentment.

Even at best—we can learn these lessons but slowly.
And though but little seems to come from our yearnings
and strugglings after Christ-likeness
—yet God honors the
yearning and the striving. While we sit in the shadows of
weariness, disheartened with our failures—He carries on
the work within us, and with His own hands produces
the divine beauty in our souls.