Doing Our Part Right

[Written Especially for Young People]

About thirty boys in a class in an elementary school, each of whom had chosen for himself a brass or a woodwind instrument, were being taught to play. At the final lesson of the semester the class was turned over to a grade teacher who, in about a week's time, was expected to have this class of mere beginners ready to play at a large school gathering. After hearing the weird sounds and noises produced by the earnest yet inexperienced players, she thought the task seemed almost hopeless.

The teacher, however, was a student of Christian Science and turned to it for help. She realized that what the boys were trying to do was to bring out harmony in their playing. The spiritual idea of harmony was pondered by her until she saw that the one infinite, perfect Mind is always conscious of harmony, and that throughout His perfect universe only harmony could be expressed. Keeping this spiritual sense of harmony in thought, she arranged separate rehearsals for the players of the different instruments. Each boy was led to see that the only thing he had to do was to know his part and play it right. Then when all played together, their work would be in unison. The result was a creditable public performance.

To bring out harmony throughout our daily living, we all have to do, essentially, what these boys did—know our part and do it right. For this purpose we have the teachings of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, which tell us the right way to think and act. It is of first importance to know the truth about ourselves. In the first chapter of Genesis we find that man is made in the image and likenessof God. Paul brings this fact before us when he says, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." Therefore we need to understand God, in order to know what we, His children, are. God's children always express or reflect Him. Every good, kind, patient, unselfish, loving, intelligent thought expresses God, and such thoughts He gives to His children. To think rightly and act accordingly means happiness for ourselves and contributes to the harmony of those about us. Our endeavor to be Godlike should be unceasing, for right thinking and acting are always needed at home and at school, at work and at play We may not have noticed what great opportunities for expressing good we have in our games.

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June 15, 1935

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