First Things First

[Written Especially for Young People]

In the long ago a certain child was often sent to pick up chips with which to start the fire. As she stepped into the woodhouse it would seem to her there were no chips worth taking. But as she stooped to pick up the biggest one, she would see another and another, until soon her little basket was full. As she thus cared for the duty that lay nearest she had her reward.

She thought she did not like school and lessons, but worked for good marks because her mother expected them. Later she was glad she had tried to get her lessons and had learned how to study; for she then had a thirst for knowledge for its own sake. The mental discipline of doing first things first had opened this avenue, without which she now knows she would have been less happy and less useful.

Love's Way
January 19, 1935

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