What Made Willie Happy
by the American Sunday-School Union
Willie was looking at the slippers which his
mother had wrought for him, and admiring the
freshness of the colours. They were a Christmas
present to him, and had afforded him much pleasure.
"You were very happy the evening they were
given to you," said his mother.
"But no happier than I was last evening," he
I will tell you what made him so happy on the
evening to which he alluded. At Christmas, two
little books had been added to his library, and
another had been lent him by one of his companions.
When he had read these books, he was
very desirous to get still another. He began to
inquire how he could earn money enough to buy it,
for he thought he should like to purchase it himself.
He could think of nothing which could be done in
the house, by which he could replenish his purse;
so his mother told him, if he would control his temper
for a week, she would get the book for him. If
he did get out of patience, and immediately checked
himself, he was to receive it.
Every evening Willie came to his mother, and
told her how he had succeeded through the day.
She observed him very carefully, and she knew that
he really tried to conquer himself. She encouraged
him in his efforts, and Willie was very happy—happy
because he was succeeding in correcting what
was wrong—and happy in the anticipation of the
reward promised him.
The last day of the week came, and passed away.
Willie's father returned from the city. He brought
with him a parcel done up in soft white paper, and
tied with a small red and white twine. His mother
opened it, and there was the book for which she had
sent. She wrote Willie's name in it, with the day
of the month, and then wrote "A Reward of Merit."
She thought those few words would remind him of
the way in which he earned the book, and would
encourage him to persevere in overcoming any bad
or sinful habit.
All these things together made Willie quite as
happy as on "Merry Christmas." It always makes
people happy to endeavour to subdue what is wrong
in themselves,—such efforts being their own reward.
The consciousness of the approval of our
heavenly Father must always occasion the truest