Spiritual Building

[Written Especially for Young People]

Doubtless many of us have at times watched men at work on a new building, operating a steam shovel in excavating for the foundations, or a crane lifting heavy steel beams into place. Although the early stages of erecting a building may seem to express much confusion, actually order governs the procedure. First, plans and specifications are prepared by an architect. The plans show the kind of building desired and how it is to be constructed, while the specifications explain the kind and quality of materials to be used.

Before construction work begins, the ground is cleared of all obstructions. Next comes the excavating for the foundations. The excavating completed, the actual building begins. Footings on which the foundation walls rest, and then the foundation walls, are erected. If the structure is a church, library, school, or government building, the cornerstone is laid when the walls have reached a height a little above the street level. The building is then continued until the desired height is attained, when the structure is roofed over, and finally completed. So we see that the whole process of building is one of successive steps, each one being necessary to the completion of the building.

Christian Science teaches us that man is the image and likeness of God, spiritual, perfect, knowing and expressing only that which is good, or Godlike. We must learn and understand the truth about God and man, if we would truly express this real man in our daily living. As with building, this is accomplished in an orderly manner, step by step, by putting into practice the truth we learn and by trying to express each day more of such true qualities as love, obedience, fidelity, unselfishness, goodness, gentleness, and purity. As we thus build up our true spiritual character and nature, our understanding of Truth will steadily increase, and we shall find many opportunities for proving the power and usefulness of divine law.

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