How often we are tempted, when thinking over events which are past or still proceeding, to make use of the words, "It would have been better if we had done this, or that," instead of what we actually did do; and much valuable time is thus spent in ineffectual speculation as to what would have happened if we had done what we did not do. In the days when we believed that right effects were the result of actions prompted by that which had its origin in our own finite minds, there might possibly have been urged good reasons for encouraging such rumination as a mental exercise, but to the Christian Scientist, whose earnest endeavor is to progress in the understanding of the Mind which was in Christ Jesus, there is a much more instructive and valuable lesson to be learned from experiences which have seemed to be wholly or partially discordant, than that gained from speculation on results which we think might have appeared under a different set of conditions which were not present.

If we would reap the greatest benefit from our various human experiences, we must use our understanding of divine Principle to the fullest extent in order to interpret each experience in the light of its full spiritual import. For example, if a trusted friend has been found to have acted fraudulently toward us, and perhaps also vilified us in excusing his fault to others, we have not completed our demonstration over this incident when our work has resulted in repentance by our friend for the wrong done, and in full human reparation by him, and when our forgiveness has been extended to him. These human footsteps are absolutely necessary; we have been "tilling the ground," but we should not be content to leave the incident at this stage, nor to learn from it only human wisdom; we should look for, and reap, the fruit of our labor.

October 30, 1909

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