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and body? Am I kind and gentle to them, instead of being harsh and unfeeling? Am I in my whole conduct, manners and conversation as dutiful and affectionate to them, as I wish my own children should be to me?
As a brother and sister. Have I a tender affection, and a compassionate concern for my brothers and sisters, endeavoring to promote their good, both spiritual and temporal? Do I commend them to God in my prayers ?
As a master, and head of a family. Do I avoid all hurtful extremes, and govern my own household well? Have I treated those who are in my employment as a christian, and like one who believes that he has a master in heaven to whom he must render an account?-Am I performing the conditions to which I obliged myself when I took them into my employment ?-Am I just, kind and considerate towards them ?not passionate, severe, or imposing a greater burden on them than they can bear?
Am I vigilant, steady, and careful, lest, instead of confirming them in their respec
tive duties, I place temptations to evil in their way, by negligence or misconduct, and render them vicious and idle, miserable in themselves, and nuisances to society, instead of being useful and valuable members of it? -Have I a tender care and concern for their souls, instructing them, as I have opportunity and ability, in the duties and principles of the christian religion; using all my endeavors to prevent them from profaning the sabbath, and not only giving them the opportunity, but enforcing the duty of attending the public services of divine worship?
Have I been constant in my daily devotions with my family? Not omitting this duty upon such slight and trivial pretences and excuses as would have had no weight with me in matters that relate to this temporal life?
In the employment of another. Am I honest, sober, industrious, and attached to the interest of my employer ?-Do I cheerfully obey all lawful commands? Or am I sullen, reluctant, and untractable ?
Am I desirous of promoting good order, sobriety and diligence among those who are associated with me in the same employment? Or do I myself set a bad example in all these respects ?
Do I dread the condemnation of an eyeservant, being as diligent in my duty when I am not taken notice of, as when I am observed ! Does my honesty go to the full extent of christian duty, not suffering others to wrong my employer, by pilfering and purloining? If honest in other respects, do I from idleness and sloth, defraud him of the diligent employment of that time, for which I am paid; and do I hold up my hand to receive wages which I know I have not justly earned ? :
Am I guilty of the sin of waste? Or do I look on, without concern, when others are ? Do I thankfully embrace every opportunity that is offered for my moral and religious improvement ? And when my faults are forgiven, or when I am kindly assisted in sickness and in trouble, am I truly and rea ligiously grateful, instead of indulging proud and silly notions of my own importance, and basely ascribing the goodness, which 1 experience, to concealed motives of selfish
Do I exercise that tenderness to the children in the family that is justly and reasonably expected of me?
Do I pray for those with whom I live, as well as myself? Am I careful to serve God by a religious life?
As a member of the community. How do I discharge the duties of a member of the community to which I belong? Is the welfare of the state a matter of real concern to me? Do I willingly submit to whatever is instituted, commanded, prohibited for its preservation and prosperity? Do I bear the burthens and limitations, calculated to that end, without repining? Am I ready to sacrifice my personal benefit to the general good, and to promote it on all occasions, even without any particular obligation, and without reward, according to my ability ? How do I acquit myself of the station, the office, the post, the dignity which society has committed to my trust? Do I discharge the functions of it with diligence and conscientious fidelity? Do I never abuse it to the oppression and injury of the feeble, or to the gratification and indulgence of my passions? In the administration of it, am I not more intent on my own interest, than in advancing the common good? Or do I attend more to others than myself, and do I never abandon my duty from pride, from the love of ease, or pleasure? Do I disinterestedly and ingenuously support and encourage every public spirited institution, every laudable undertaking, every beneficial attempt, every legitimate design, that tends to the good of the whole? Am I and do I a ford to society by, the whole of my behaviour towards it and in it, that which I ought to be and to afford ? Do I contribute my share to its intellectual and