To do anything it is necessary to begin to do it. Procrastination usually debilitates more or less, and frequently prevents. This applies to the taking of our steps in Christian Science. There are many phases of error always ready with sophistical arguments for delay. One of these is timidity; another is self-condemnation; another is self-distrust; another is doubt; and there are others. Besides this, all mortals are more or less lazy; indolence is a worldbelief which attempts to mesmerize us into inaction. Christian Scientists may regretfully observe that the lethargic masses of men and women seemingly find it far easier to crook the elbow and lift a spoon to the mouth than to think; but how is it with themselves, if they are in the habit of depending upon others to help them when they ought to help themselves, or at least try a vast deal harder to help themselves? In every schoolroom the teacher must help the scholars to find the way; but the teacher well knows that the scholars must work out their own problems in order to understand and master them.

Suppose that you have a ladder to climb; is it not better to be content with climbing the bottom rung first? Even if you were able to climb the middle or upper rungs first, would that be the best way of the safest way to learn to climb? Let us suppose that the ladder is your understanding of Truth. You may be impatient, we will say, to take the advanced or upper rungs before you have mastered the initial rungs. If you were able to do so, what might occur? You might have to pick yourself up, bruised and discomfited; and then begin to climb anew, or, perhaps, turn away in discouragement.

November 23, 1907

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