Keeping Our Mental Gardens Weeded

[Written Especially for Children]

ONE summer, the owner of a flower garden being away from home, the pleasant task of caring for the garden fell to the lot of a student of Christian Science. As it was necessary for her also to be absent during two weeks at this period, a young girl was engaged to water the plants each evening, without receiving instruction to give them further attention.

It was with interest that this little plot of ground was surveyed upon the return of the one in whose care it had been left. Only two weeks—but what a change! Flowers of different hues and tints lifted their pretty faces from a tangled mass of weeds which had forced their way among them, retarding their growth. It took considerable care and time to remove the weeds; but after this had been well done, only a few minutes each day were required to keep them out, and it was a joy to watch the plants as, with freedom now, they constantly expressed new beauty.

Every boy or girl, man or woman, has a thought-garden of his own to care for, and each one can decide what he shall allow to grow in it. Nothing can be more important than a right choice, for thoughts determine whether our lives shall be harmonious or inharmonious. The Bible says, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Dishonesty, selfishness, criticism, and kindred thoughts are the weeds which, if allowed to grow, crowd out better thoughts and eventually bring sorrow and pain. Thoughts of honesty, unselfishness, and all pure, good thoughts bring a harvest of joy.

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April 22, 1933

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