Discarding Material Toys

Children enjoy playing simple games, and their interests are usually limited to their immediate environment in home and school; but as they grow older and their knowledge increases their outlook correspondingly broadens, and their interests become more numerous and varied. Referring to his own experience Paul said, "When I became a man, I put away childish things."

Something similar to this discarding of the material occurs when one becomes a student of Christian Science, for he has not progressed far in his study before he discovers that his attitude towards his daily pursuits is undergoing a change. He has had, no doubt, many interests and ambitions in life. Intellectual attainments may have been sought; or perhaps the acquiring of riches has been his aim. He may eagerly have desired power and place, or have been wholly absorbed in some human affection.

As he progresses in his study of Christian Science, however, he becomes aware that he is regarding these interests in a truer light, for he discerns that the one absorbing interest is spiritual progress, the constant and consistent effort to reflect his creator. He discovers that he has not become "a man," but that, actually, he always has been individual man, the image and likeness of God. To insure that his progress shall be continuous, he must utilize the solvent of Love to dissolve the mists of error that would prevent the appearing of the real man.

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October 14, 1933

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