Scientific Mastery

One could hardly wish a greater good for another than that he should do all that he is capable of doing in Christian Science. A renowned philosopher defined a friend as one who makes us do what we can; but in Christian Science true friendship is not so much a matter of making another do something as of revealing to him what he is capable of doing. While a friend may describe to us the glorious splendor of the sunrise, if we would see it for ourselves we must awake early and rise promptly. In Christian Science the incentive may come through another, but the performance rests entirely with one's self.

Divine Love ever directs and invites obedience or compliance, but rarely compels it. So too with our work in Science, we must be careful not to confound the offices of impulsion with compulsion or of guidance with performance. If one points out to us the ways and means whereby we may come into a closer walk with God, he has done much; but if we walk with God, we have done more, for when we commune with Him we are bringing good into our consciousness, and therefore into our experience,—a thing which no one can do for us. The oftener we thus walk with God, the clearer becomes our vision, the smoother our path, the brighter the sun, the sweeter the flowers.

November 6, 1915

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