Some one has said that "a wise man profits by the mistakes of others, the less wise by his own, but fools profit not at all." It is sometimes helpful to review our experiences in Christian Science, when we are willing to learn wisdom by the detection of a mistake in our course, but the writer has found that the application of Christian Science to any problem must be truly exact, otherwise the desired result will not be successfully attained. To be very nearly right when applying Christian Science is not sufficient, any more than it is in mathematics. This may seem hard to realize and appear something less than the attitude of a loving Father, but we ultimately discover that it is not loving kindness to condone mistakes. True kindness reveals them, and then they are self-destroyed. Some of life's great lessons cost us much, but if we are wise enough to profit by these experiences, we learn how many phases in human consciousness need to be eliminated, and we shall be grateful even for the bitterness we may have suffered, if it has advanced our understanding of Truth. This thought is beautifully expressed in our Leader's "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 389), where she says,—

O make me glad for every scalding tear,For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!

January 21, 1911

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