Lessons from the Child Thought

Many helpful lessons have been taught the writer by the child thought. Our dear Master knew well whereof he spoke when he said, "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Once while I was teaching a class of boys in the Sunday school, the subject was brought up of the trials of the children of Israel when they were passing through the wilderness. We were talking of how they murmured at Moses and became discontented and dissatisfied. One boy said that the children of Israel were not happy because they were not grateful. How many times have these words been remembered when the temptation to be unhappy has presented itself. The questions have then come to thought: Am I unhappy? Am I grateful? Is there room for unhappiness and gratitude in the same place?

Another lesson was learned from a very tiny child. The mother was alone with the child in a large city. She was in a big crowd and far from any person she knew. Suddenly she was seized with a feeling of faintness and nausea, and then error suggested all sorts of dreadful things which might befall her if she should become unconscious right there. What would become of her? What would become of the baby? As she looked down at the child, the little one clasped her hand tighter and looked up into her face and smiled. The baby had no sense of fear: Did he not have a tight hold of his mother's hand? He was enjoying the crowd and the sights of the busy city and had no fear that anything could happen to him with mother so close at hand. Was not that the safest place in the world?

In the Direction of Light
January 10, 1920

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