Our Best

Often when forced to admit unsatisfactory results, imperfect work, we have said, "Well, I did the best I could," and so indifferently dismissed the matter. But is it true in any case where results are unsatisfactory, that we have done our best? Do we appreciate the grandeur of our best? Jesus gave us the standard of our possibilities: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

Now our old-time trite excuse is simply self-justification, and the sooner we call it by its right name and admit the claim of its enervating influence, the sooner we shall reach the Master's standard, the sooner achieve satisfactory results.

In our old way of thinking we believed our success to be commensurate with the strenuousness of the effort which we of ourselves brought to bear upon the project in hand. Through Christian Science we learn that our works grow in beauty and perfection in exact proportion to our self-surrender, our understanding that God works in and through us.

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A Brief Account
February 5, 1903

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