Individual Work

Mrs. Eddy says that "success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 230). Among the first problems which confront the beginner in Christian Science is that of mental work. Sometimes error appears to us with the intimation that we do not want to work, or that all work is for the regular practitioners to do. That this is error becomes evident if we remember the Scriptural admonition that we are to work out our own salvation. Paul does not leave us suspended in mid-air with this statement, but supplements it with the assurance that divine Love furthers our every effort in this direction.

When we comprehend that to think of Truth is to think of God, spiritual thought no longer seems narrowing. As we perceive that our concept of home, of humanity, and of all things is objectified in experience, just as our face is reflected in a mirror, we see the necessity of having our thought established on such a basis as to make experience harmonious, and know how impossible it is for others to do our work for us, or even to render us much assistance, unless we keep our own thought receptive by constant effort toward Christianly scientific thinking. How can Christians walk in an orderly way unless they are striving to bring every thought and act into harmony with divine Principle?

November 15, 1913

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