We Can Have a Good New Year

In many of the things that might work against us and produce a bad year there is one common element. It is thoughtlessness of others. If poisons and filth continue to be poured into the atmosphere, over the lands and into the oceans, it will be because people who profit from such practices care little about what happens to others. If our educational systems do not become safer places to drive, if our cities become less livable, if the threat of war does not subside, if misunderstandings between the young and the old as well as between the males and females of the species are not to some degree overcome, we will know that we have failed to think less of ourselves and more of others. But with the Science Christ Jesus gave us we need experience no such failure.

The coming year can be a good one. Jesus told us how to live as children of God. If we follow his instructions, we think and act unselfishly. He insisted that no one who thought more of himself than he did of God was worthy of sonship with God. He taught that we should go out of our way to care for a neighbor in distress. He told us to love enemies as well as friends. He gave us the rule we call golden: "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Matt. 7:12; And by example as well as by teaching he showed us that life in God means a life of love, to the point of laying down one's life for the good of others.

Bridging the Generation Gap
December 26, 1970

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