True Planting

In the spring, more than at any other season of the year, there is much activity of preparation—the breaking up and the turning over of the soil—for the planting and sowing of seed. The prudent farmer and the thoughtful gardener or florist are very careful that the soil is put into the right condition for the seed; and the seed too is closely inspected as to its quality before planting, and if not good it is cast aside.

In the gladsome spring the birds sing for very joy, the little green buds come forth: these and many other manifestations of this joyous season remind the Christian Scientist of the possibility of eternal spring in his consciousness. Truth has dawned on his thought, and, if faithful, good is continually unfolding to him. Then, should not he be even more careful of his mental garden than is the agriculturist of his soil?

Any wrong, pernicious, or stubborn thought which may be so imbedded as to be almost hidden, should be torn up by the roots, and cast out of consciousness—destroyed. The consciousness thus purified is fit to receive the good seed—spiritual ideas. When these are carefully tended, nourished, and watered by truth and love, they will blossom into righteous deeds of healing, manifested through men and women with lives made noble by purified thinking. But let us be careful that our work is not in vain; let us be watchful it is not false belief we are nourishing; let us be sure that only thoughts of Truth, Life, and Love are planted in our mentality. For Jesus said, "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." It will be more difficult to root up or to destroy noxious weeds—beliefs of error—after they have been sown, than to prevent their planting.

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"Give, and it shall be given unto you"
August 30, 1924

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