The Passing of Personality

The artist is always unobtrusive. He never eclipses the ideal he would honor, and self is not even an episode of his song. It is only the novice, the egotist, or the blunderer who projects his own personality upon the object or the opportunity he is called to serve. And here the finest art is the art of true living. Jesus said. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself." The is the preliminary of all Christian growth and usefulness.

The greatest service we can render light is in the removal of the hindrances to its radiation, and of these, self is for each the chief. In so far as a reflector attracts attention, in so far it reveals its imperfectness and fails in its ministry, and the discovery of the inherent opacity of so-called human personality has been an inevitable outcome of self exploitation.

An acquired distrust, and an intelligent control of this presumptuous element of human consciousness, is one of the many gains of the true Christian Scientist, and the representative of our faith whose daily life does not reveal his increasing mastery of this lesson, cannot avoid being a detriment to the cause he would serve, nor can he escape that judgment of the observing world which is legitimately pronounced upon inconsistency.

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July 18, 1903

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