No Barnacles!

[Written Especially for Children]

Those of you who have been to the seashore have probably noticed the tiny, shell-like formations that cling to rocks and the supports of piers.

Or perhaps you have visited a wharf where big ocean liners are docked, and have seen these shell-like particles fastened to the hulls of the ships. These formations are called barnacles, and barnacles are not the least bit welcome. In fact, they are an annoyance. They slow down a ship's speed so much that they must be removed from the hull every now and then.

Have we not all found how much more smoothly and happily our days go by when love, joy, obedience, and unselfishness fill our thoughts? And have we not likewise observed how difficult everything seems if we allow suggestions of impatience, hurt feelings, temper, sulkiness, and disobedience to influence us?

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December 11, 1937

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