Study Essential to Progress

ANYONE who has walked through the heart of a large modern city park has had occasion to ponder the reason of meeting so few people, either walking to or from business, seeking recreation, or enjoying a stroll. As a rule people visiting the parks are to be found near their outer boundaries. One, however, who wends his way through their very midst will find greater beauty there. Small streams wind in their courses among woodland and mossy banks; hill and dale, carpeted with green grass, extend a glad welcome; birds of many species sing their songs, and cause the heart to be glad; fragrant flowers of many varieties are also there, and winding paths which may lead to some unseen beauty spot: but all these are out of sight to those satisfied with remaining at the edge of the park.

In the light of the understanding gained through the study of Christian Science, it is not difficult to see why mortals do not more readily seek the larger opportunities that lie before them. The human mind, supposed to govern mortals, is prone to plod along in the line of least resistance; everything is such an effort, it says! It produces in mortals a condition of laziness, indolence, inertia, indifference, lethargy, and stagnation, which prevents them from entering into the deeper joys and pleasures of life. So, when the higher and nobler things should arrest attention, they are content to approach them only along their outer edges, instead of engaging wholeheartedly in them with gladness and joy.

"Take it to the Lord in prayer"
January 21, 1928

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