Prayerful Activity

No one can be very long acquainted with Christian Science without noticing the small importance it attaches to profession and its insistence that one's convictions be demonstrated in practical life. This frequently incites irritation and impatience in the human consciousness, for the general tendency of the mortal is to stagnate. Indolence and ease too often seem to be the acme of human desire, hence the too frequent willingness that others take the responsibility and do the work. This may also account for the fact that the doctrine of redemption through vicarious suffering has found such ready acceptance. On the other hand, however, many who have been awakened to the need of activity, allow themselves to be carried away by the impulse of a desire to accomplish something, and in their haste to pull up the tares they "root up also the wheat with them," and so cause destruction more than production.

Both of these phases of human consciousness have to be dealt with in Christian Science. The first, the desire for ease, may not be the most prevalent, but it is by no means uncommon. It is generally found among that class who have for a lifetime been seeking medical treatment whenever some physical ailment appeared, until their diseases have become so complicated that the doctors fail to bring relief. Then perchance they are persuaded to try Christian Science, and as a result find healing for their physical distress. Accordingly they willingly accept this teaching; but they are possibly not so ready to be healed of their habit of running to some one for help, so they substitute a Christian Science practitioner for the doctor, and go to him to have their work done for them, without putting forth any earnest effort to help themselves. Others, again, who have found relief from their trouble and ease from their pain through Christian Science, have fallen into the mistake of thinking that the chief mission of this religion is to produce a material sense of restfulness and ease instead of activity. There are still others whose submission to a sense of mental indolence hinders them from recognizing the importance of persistent effort in order to gain progress.

January 30, 1915

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