One of the most engaging qualities of childhood is its spontaneity. The little child responds to every light and motion, is buoyant, eager, quick, alert, full of joy and activity. But it is the generally accepted belief of mankind that spontaneity diminishes with advancing years, until with age it disappears, and man expresses, at best, a dutiful, labored, even mechanistic routine of thought and action. With the passing of time, mortal man believes, come repression, dullness, undue conservatism.

To the student of Christian Science, this belief presents a real challenge. Since God is Life, all activity, all buoyancy, light, and motion, must come from God. To be continuous, spontaneity must be seen to stem from God. This being so, nothing can interrupt the spontaneous expression of good, of spirituality, of hope and gaiety which belong to the true, spiritual man. Nothing dull or automatic is characteristic of God's man, and there is no other.

Reading Room
September 30, 1944

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