TEXAS IN 1850.
The missionary of Christ is on an errand of the most
exalted character, and while he pursues his toilsome
way, he enjoys a blessing, richer far than earth can
yield. Though he sows in tears, yet shall he reap in
joy,--" though he goes forth weeping, bearing precious
seed, he shall doubtless come again rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him." Thus is he blessed
who labors for the Lord; though it be under a cloud,
faith looks over the darkest prospect and assures him
that his labor cannot be " in vain." The poor missionary
wandering " up and down " in this unfriendly world,
with scarcely a " place to lay his head," can exult in
joys which the votaries of the world know not of.
In the estimation of the world, the rich and the
great are esteemed happy, but never was there a greater
mistake; without grace in the soul, the greatest
adornment earth can confer, will never yield one drop
of real happiness. A momentary delusion; scarcely
a faint glimmering of the beloved object that allured to
its pursuit! Could the same spirit be elicited for heavenly
riches, that is manifested for those of earth, how
much more becoming the character of beings destined
to immortality ! ", vain and inconstant world! 0,
fleeting and transitory life, when will the sons of men
learn to think of thee as they ought? " when will they
learn the fading and unsatisfying nature of earthly good,
and seek that happiness which can alone satisfy the
boundless desires of the immortal soul ? When will
they think less of time and more of eternity.
The missionary of Christ has promises for " the life
Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed December 11, 2013.