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illustrated.1879 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. THE FORMATION OF
CHARACTER--PERSONAL HABITS. HB formation of character is, after
all, the great object of education. What a child is, will always,
to the right-thinking parent, be a more important consideration
than what he knowi, even though the question relate to religious
knowledge. Nothing is done if this be left undone. No amount of
learning or accomplishments can compensate for serious defects
here. The wise man teaches us the relation of both these important
aspects of parental duty when addressing his own son, he says, " I
have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right
paths." l In this, as in all other things pertaining to our moral
life, God graciously puts the highest blessing within our reach,
even where he sees fit to deny those which, though more sought
after, are really inferior. Who, on serious consideration, would
prefer the material good to the spiritual? Who would not rather
desire for his children that they should belong to "A virtuous
household, though exceeding poor," than that they should possess
riches or greatness without the virtue? Who is not convinced that J
Prov. iv. 1. 90 to educate his children in honesty, truth,
industry, usefulness, is of unmeasurably greater importance, even
as to this life, than to secure for them, irrespective of these
things, the highest positions earth could give?" If the fellow
turns out well," writes John Poster on the birth of his son, " I
shall not so much mind about his being extra clever. It is goodness
that the world is wretched for wanting." These considerations press
with greatest force upon the child's spiritual relations and
destiny. The formation of character for eternity is the most sacred
and the noblest work which God has intrusted, instrumentally, to
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