A short time ago I was called upon to do some work on the typewriter which was important and demanded absolute perfection. At a first glance one would have thought it simple and easy of accomplishment, but I found that the work had to be written over time after time before perfection was reached. At one time, when there was no error in the work, a flaw in the paper was discovered and all had to be done over.

Finally, by patient watching and effort, perfection was attained, and the lesson learned was an important one. It brought out the thought of the patience and perseverance necessary in Christian Science when we are working out the demands of Life and Love. It showed me, more clearly than ever, how we must work slowly and carefully, keeping perfection always in our thought, and never permitting any imperfection to pass. When a flaw appears, no matter how slight, instead of overlooking it, a Christian Scientist should immediately recognize it as a flaw, and, by patient and prayerful work, cause it to disappear.

Among the Churches
November 7, 1903

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