Keeping Falsity Out

[Written Especially for Children]

Have you ever tried to get a great, buzzing fly out of a room after you had carelessly let it in? Perhaps that fly led you a merry chase around the house before it was finally put out, and then maybe you promised yourself to keep the screen doors more tightly closed.

Have you ever found it necessary to chase out a wrong, unkind thought which buzzed around in your consciousness? You might just as easily have kept it out in the first place if only you had been more careful about that thought door of yours. It opens from the inside, you know, and no one but you can open or close it. Once a wrong thought is in, it simply has a way of trying to make itself completely at home, and that makes it seem harder to chase out than the fly, which may have been willing to be on the outside all the time. You probably have found that an unloving thought not only is very uncomfortable for you, but makes those around you unhappy also. It has a way of pulling down the corners of your mouth and mixing a whine or a sharp tone in with your voice. Besides that, once you have let in one ugly thought, possibly a host of its unlovely relations may attempt to squeeze in, too.

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