Little Things

So many people ask, How can I advance in Christian Science? and the response is that we can advance, and rapidly, too, if we are obedient and watch all the "little things" which go to make up true happiness. Says Dryden. "If a straw can be made the instrument of happiness, he is a wise man who does not despise it." It is the close observation of little things which is the secret of overcoming self. We are told that human knowledge is but an accumulation of small facts made by successive generations, and these little bits of knowledge and experience carefully treasured up grow at length into a mighty pyramid. Christian Scientists work each day, trying ever to do what is right for right's sake. In doing all they can for the happiness of those around them, they are looking after each little thing that needs attention. We must not expect to do great things before we have proven that the little things have been done.

Discouragement is due to a lack of understanding and is not Christian Science. Isaiah says, "Precept upon precept; line upon line, . . . here a little, and there a little." Any one who learns a science must master it fact by fact. To write a book you must do it sentence by sentence. It is the minutes wasted over self-condemnation or in criticism of a brother or sister that hinders our progress. Christian Science is sure, and never fails for those honest, humble children who love good and live it in their every-day life. It is the daily watchfulness and prayer, the unselfish desire to do more for mankind that causes Christian Scientists to grow and be successful. We must love one another more and be loyal and honest, and then we are helping our beloved Leader in her great and noble work for mankind.

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According to St. John
January 28, 1905

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