Many students of Christian Science have doubtless passed through that stage wherein, with hearts filled with gratitude to God for healing, and with wonder at the clear, forceful logic of Christian Science, they have found themselves, in the exuberance of their joy, casting about for a convenient hill-top from which to proclaim the glad tidings to the world; have felt, too, the disappointment which comes when one's message is received with incredulous smiles, if not open antagonism, by those whom they most desire to interest in this new-found truth which has done so much for themselves. Few more trying experiences come to the beginner in Science than this, and yet it is only through experience and enlightened understanding that he is led to temper his efforts with less of material ecstasy and more of consecrated thought and wiser intent.

The writer had occasion to study this situation when, in his business relations as a traveling salesman, he met, after his healing in Christian Science, so many people who, having known his previous desperate condition, were astounded at the remarkable change. Being at that time in the "hilltop" stage, he was led into many discussions of Christian Science which it were better to have avoided, although in some instances seed was sown that in due season brought forth good fruit. In looking over the ground, the writer has come to see wherein the Christian Scientist may take many helpful lessons from the business experiences of the salesman, the missionary of commerce, as he has been aptly called, and it may be profitable to consider briefly a few of these experiences and note their application.

The commercial traveler who is a Christian Scientist may also to a certain extent be a courier for Truth, and the first essential for usefulness is a right concept of God, which leads to right human relations. He will find it an advantage to be familiar with current events and leading topics of the day, and the perusal of a single copy of The Christian Science Monitor will prove to him that for this purpose no better source of information can be found than that splendid paper, which may well be considered indispensable, not only by the traveling fraternity, but by all who desire a clean, interesting, and thoroughly reliable newspaper. The salesman should be familiar with the goods which he handles, as this will enable him to place them before the trade intelligently and with confidence. In like manner, he will better represent the cause of Christian Science as he attains an understanding of its teachings through earnest and intelligent study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy.

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March 25, 1911

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