The human mind has a way of scattering itself in many directions. It pays attention to the things most interesting for the moment or for the hour. God demands, however, that the desire for righteousness and the search for understanding be instant and constant. Here there can be no wandering. Eager and importunate is he who is consecrated; devoted and single of purpose if he would attain. God comes first in the affections of him who is truly a Christian, and no appeal of the world can dissuade or delay him whose intent is fixed on spiritual growth. The thing the Christian loves most keeps most in his thoughts, and gladly and thoroughly he serves it.

As students of Christian Science we are individually in varying stages of consecration. To a greater or less extent we are still serving the world, still in bondage to its time-consuming demands. Honest analysis brings us to admit, then, that we are yet somewhat given to worldly doings, even with our present measure of consecration to God. We all speak of "social dissipation," for instance, admitting by the term the nature of much that takes our time. Human affairs go on largely without the remembrance of God, yet as God is better understood His presence will come into our affairs; our ways will change and the manner in which we spend our time will change. Many of us lament that we find so little time to ponder the ways of God, yet at the moment we may be engrossed in something which a little more courage and purity of purpose would eliminate. When worldly distraction asks for valuable hours out of a precious day, we can always test the worth of it by deciding whether it will contribute to the spirituality of ourselves or of any one else. If it does, God speed it! But if it does not, we shall by renouncing it surely gain greater hold upon the things to which we are truly consecrated.

April 13, 1912

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