Sowing by the Wayside

What is more persistently done by men, and what is so little considered by them, as the mental sowing they do by the wayside? Mankind is perpetually scattering seeds large or small, desirable or undesirable, of quick or of slow growth; and then it moves on, little recking what the results may be! Because of such careless sowing, the highways and byways along which men walk are flanked by a motley array of blooms, each calling attention to itself and each giving out something of its own nature, whether of good or evil.

The Christian Scientist accepts, perhaps more fully than others, the fact that thoughts are the seeds which, bringing forth fruit after their kind, are continually being sent broadcast over all the earth. There cannot fail, therefore, to come to him a serious questioning in regard to his own activity in this direction. He begins to ask himself whether the pathway of his neighbors has been rendered more beautiful, or less so, because of his mental planting. While he may hope that some flowers, emitting loveliness and sweet fragrance, have sprung up where he has sown, he is also quite likely to fear that there may be, alas! many a weed sending out its poisonous effluvium.

This very concern on his part, lest he have caused by his thought-sowing some harm to others, may lead him to recall the words of Solomon: "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

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Among the Churches
July 30, 1927

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