Dan wasn't a likable youngster or a happy one. Other children didn't care for his language or the kind of stories he told. They found him loud, deceitful, and cowardly. And they tried to stay away from him.

Dan wanted to feel good, to feel important and appreciated, so he daydreamed. He didn't take alcohol or drugs, but he escaped to a make-believe world almost as habit-forming. He turned off everything he didn't like, and in his dreamworld he was always right, always the hero.

Dan's parents went to Christian Science Sunday services regularly and he spent that time in Sunday School. There he could have learned about his God-given qualities, but he turned the teacher's voice off. The whole family read the weekly Bible Lesson In the Christian Science Quarterly; aloud together once each week, passing the books around and reading in turn. One would read the Bible, and another Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. But Dan paid attention only when it was his turn to read, and not always then.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Don't Forget It!
March 12, 1977

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.