Some First Lessons

WITH what joyous expectancy the average normal child looks forward to his first days of school! How happily he strives to learn the simple facts and rules put before him, and how confidently he applies himself to the problems given by his teacher, whereby he is to prove the rules already mastered! Can we not find in this happy, serene, and confident obedience of the little child a quality necessary to our own success in meeting life's problems? Is it not the key by which one enters the blessed kingdom of reality and harmony and finds the very "secret place of the most High"? In one of the classes of younger children in Sunday school the teacher asked, "If we are to be good, true Christian Scientists, what must we learn, first of all?" "To obey God," was the reply of the youngest pupil. "What does it mean to obey God?" "It means to trust Him all the time, in every place, for everything," was the prompt answer.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, devoted her life to proving and demonstrating the truth revealed to her. She has given to the world, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the result of the revelation and demonstration in a form any one can understand. On page 462 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says: "Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life." Are these statements cause for discouragement and lagging zeal? Rather are they cause for rejoicing in the vast infinitude of good to be made one's own. The first grade pupil who, looking with awe and bewilderment into a college textbook, refused to work out his own simple problems, would certainly never progress far.

"Loss is gain"
April 23, 1921

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