"Apples of gold"

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

About the most ordinary thing we do each day is to talk. Every waking moment we are thinking, and words, written or spoken, are the outward expression of thought. The two great textbooks, the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, are replete with words of wisdom, courage, instruction, and faith, and it is interesting and helpful to note what these textbooks have to say about this everyday experience of ours. In Science and Health (p. 21) we read. "If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say. 'I have fought a good fight...I have kept the faith,' because you are a better man;" and in Proverbs (25:11) we find a great truth beautifully stated: "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."

What heartaches, misunderstandings, yes, even quarrels, would be averted, and what helpful, joyous experiences would be ours, if our words were "fitly spoken." But our thought must be right to ensure that our conversation will be right. What we say and how we say it goes right back to our thinking.

I Shall Keep My Joy
January 5, 1946

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