Object Lessons

Musical Brushes or Curry Combs

Objects: Whisk Broom or Brush, which makes music as it is used (obtain from toy shop.) A Curry Comb.

What object is this, boys and girls? "A brush," you say. Yes, this is a brush or whisk broom. It is a very useful article to have in any home. It is used to brush off your coat before you are ready for Sunday school and church. You know coats and clothes catch so much dust as they are worn from place to place, that they need to be brushed; don't they?

But this brush is different from the one you have in your home, as you will see. Now, I am sure if you watch and listen as I use it you will see how different it is. (Call boy to platform and brush off his coat.) Ah, what do you hear as I brush off this boy's coat? "Music," you say. Yes, as this brush, or broom, is used, it makes music. I wouldn't mind having this brush remove the dust and dirt from my clothes, would you? It does its work so gently, making music all the while. It doesn't hurt a bit, either.

What else do I have here? Boys are sure to know what this is—a curry comb. Where do you generally find curry combs? In the stable, of course, for curry combs are used to remove the dust and dirt from horses' coats. They are fine to use on animals but I wouldn't like to have one used on me; would you? The treatment would be too rough, I fear. As for brushing off clothes—why, the curry comb would tear them, wouldn't it? No, a curry comb is not made to be used on folks.

Now you know, boys and girls, that as we go through this life, sometimes our conduct and manners get soiled and dusty. We need to be corrected—"brushed up," as it were. How good it is to have someone come to us at such a time in the spirit of love and meekness, reminding us of the things in our lives that are not pleasing unto the Lord. In Gal. 6:1-2 we read, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness. . . . Bear ye one another's burdens . . ." Those who obey these words do indeed use the "musical brush," as it were. Do you know of a playmate, boys and girls, whose conduct is not pleasing to the Lord? Use the "musical brush" when you speak to him about his misconduct. Do so in the spirit of the Lord Jesus, using the Word of God.

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teach­ing and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."—Col. 3:16.

There ARE, however, some folks who prefer to use curry combs instead of musical brushes. When the conduct of a friend needs correcting, these curry-comb-folks rush to them in a curry-comb-fashion, often offending and injuring them. If used on clothes, the curry comb would be sure to tear and injure the garment; just so, when used on folks, wounds are often made that never heal. If these folks would only remember that curry combs were never meant to be used on people! You will remember, won't you, boys and girls, and always use the "musical brush."

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