ADJUSTING ONE'S SELF TO LIFE IN TERMS OF ETERNITY

A writer in a recent issue of The Interior says: "If a man does the will of the Father in heaven, nothing in his earthly circumstances can be wrong. This confidence is half a faith that the Father will compel circumstances to turn out favorably ; half a faith that a man who lives for the Father can be happy under any circumstances."

May we not even go beyond this, and say that in Christian Science our confidence is based upon the perception that all things work together for good, and is the result of actual experience that no seeming evil has any terror for us if we trust the Father and do the best we know? Certainly all experience, as well as our highest spiritual insight, points to the conclusion that, through union with God and our own higher and real selfhood, the burdens of human life become so light that they are no longer burdens; and the trials are actually overcome, as well as mitigated, by the right attitude towards them. In the highest states of mind and in the finest life activities, we find ourselves happy under any circumstances; and the insight and love that can make us happy under adverse circumstances give us more power to shape our environment in harmony with our ideals. When we do our duty as we see it, we are happy, independent of external results; and as we follow the promptings and leadings of conscience, reason, and love, the results are also satisfactory.

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