Willingness versus Willfulness

How often do you find yourself saying, "I will," "I want," or "I won't"? All three are generally the offspring of the same parents: willfulness and wishfulness. And when they are, they express a human determination to twist events into a pattern that seems right to us. Many times this human outlining takes the form of endeavoring to coerce others into following a line of thought or action that we deem wise; just as often it takes the opposite tack of resisting a procedure or proposal on which we hold differing opinions.

There is certainly nothing wrong with a right desire for a happy family, a gracious home, a productive livelihood, warm friends. All these elements of a well-rounded human experience, together with good health, comprise a sense of completeness to which each of us is entitled. How do we go about attaining them? Not by wishing or by sheer human will, but by recognizing that these are some of the things we can expect will be added when we seek first the kingdom of God. It was Christ Jesus who voiced this important point, so basic to the teachings of Christian Science. He said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matt. 6:33;

"That little book"
February 6, 1971

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