Jesus once said (Matt. 18:3), "Except ye ... become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." One wonders what special quality of childhood he had in mind at that moment. Some recent experiences have caused the writer to consider this point rather closely as it relates to the improvement of human thought and the effective practice of Christian Science.

The quality of thought which perhaps stands out above all others in children is expectancy, the expectation of good. But it is far from common either in adults or in nations. No doubt the disappointing experiences which often come with maturity have a negative influence, but the teachings of Christian Science, constantly emphasizing the presence and activity of the one infinite, good Mind that is God, should enormously outweigh such influences in human experience.

Ceasing from Idolatry
April 26, 1947

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