One frequently hears the remark: "I am very grateful indeed for what Christian Science has done for me, but I am afraid I shall never have the courage to stand up and give a testimony." And just so long as we encourage the mental laziness which allows this fear to be our master, just so long we shall remain slaves to that fear. As St. Paul says: "To whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey."

In withholding our testimonies we are hindering our progress in many ways. We are ungrateful, and must class ourselves with the lepers who went their way and did not return to give thanks to God. We are disobedient, for if we profess to be Christian Scientists, the least we can do is to obey our Leader's wishes, and we know that the Wednesday evening meetings were instituted by her that we might publicly tell of the blessings which Christian Science has brought to us, and thus help and encourage the stranger and the beginner. So long as we allow fear to hold us in bondage, our love is not perfect. St. John says: "Perfect love casteth out fear:...he that feareth is not made perfect in love." However great this fear seems to be, it can be overcome, and perhaps the writer's experience in this matter may be a little help and encouragement to others.

May 13, 1911

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