[Written Especially for Young People]

One morning two lads were sent into the garden to weed a strawberry patch. The elder one, observing the speed with which the other was working, and fearing lest some of the precious plants should be uprooted, asked, "Are you sure you know a weed when you see it?" Proceeding with his work, the younger boy answered, "I know a strawberry plant." Needless to say, the work proceeded in an orderly and entirely satisfactory manner. The boy knew a strawberry plant! After all, that was the important thing to know in that particular task. Had the lad been unfamiliar with the appearance of the strawberry plant, how much time might have been wasted examining and comparing the various weeds and plants!

What a lesson may be learned from this little incident! How speedily and accurately the young student of Christian Science may learn to solve his problems by becoming sufficiently familiar with the fundamental facts of being, so that he too discriminates quickly between Truth and error!

Young people cannot learn too early the tremendous importance of improving time, if they would rightly work for success along some line. Our beloved Leader tells us in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 230): "Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing. A great amount of time is consumed in talking nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one should do. If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present."

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July 28, 1934

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