Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Question: Why should children have to “hunger and thirst” after righteousness? Can’t they just be carefree?
Answer: It is never too early to start putting goodness into practice, and learning to love good, truth, right thinking, and right acting. It pays off now and later. It guarantees you will “be filled.”
The Bible does not exempt children: “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” (Proverbs 20)
Mary Baker Eddy suggests that it is easier for children to seek after Truth:
“Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right. While age is halting between two opinions or battling with false beliefs, youth makes easy and rapid strides towards Truth.” (S&H 236)
Mrs. Eddy also tells us the importance of starting in youth to demonstrate righteousness in daily life:
“Dear reader, right thinking, right feeling, and right acting — honesty, purity, unselfishness — in youth tend to success, intellectuality, and happiness in manhood. To begin rightly enables one to end rightly, and thus it is that one achieves the Science of Life, demonstrates health, holiness, and immortality.” (My. 274)
Perhaps you are learning to play a musical instrument. Do you see how your practice has led to improvement, and the ability to play harder, more interesting music? The same daily practice of Truth will improve your ability to do good.
Practice: Begin today to act rightly!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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