Supported by Principle

We take great pleasure in the beauties of nature, and gain many useful lessons therefrom. When I had an opportunity to do some gardening, I sometimes cultivated sweet peas. I enjoyed walking in the garden every day and watching the growth of the plants. They were not very large when they were furnished the needed support for climbing. But they often clung to one another instead of to the proper support, and it was necessary to separate them and train them aright. It seemed almost cruel to unwind or tear the delicate tendrils from the adjoining vines; but if this were not done they dragged one another down, and growth and bloom were retarded.

How many times this reminded me of the fact that we sometimes cling to one another, to one or more personalities; that we are too prone to depend upon human plans and material means. When friends fail or are separated from us; when cherished hopes and plans are thwarted, the tearing away of the clinging hearts and thoughts seems a painful process. But Christian Science teaches that the only proper support for God's children is to "cling steadfastly to God and His idea" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker G. Eddy, p. 491), and to nothing else. Only by seeking constantly the guidance of Divine Principle, can we obtain the best spiritual growth and bloom, and avoid dragging others down.

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Seek and Find
November 14, 1901

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