Faithfulness in Well-doing

Our Leader writes: "'Learn to labor and to wait.' Of old the children of Israel were saved by patient waiting" (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 79). St. Paul expresses the same thought when he exhorts us after "having done all, to stand." There is a mechanical appliance called a ratchet, which may be turned forward but cannot be turned backward. Every Christian Scientist should be like it in his adherence to Truth. He should go forward whenever an opportunity is afforded him, but he should never allow himself to retreat. He should preserve his sense of Truth at all times, and thereby keep himself always in line, using every opportunity for a forward movement, even though it may be only a short advancement now and then.

To wait, in the sense in which Mrs. Eddy uses the word, implies that we should keep on doing our work faithfully, irrespective of the question of reward and even in the face of an apparent lack of evidence that our work is counting for anything. Our chief care should be that we are working in the right line. The old saying, "Be sure you are right, then go ahead," implies that there is no end to the going ahead until the desired end is reached, and here we do well to recall Mrs. Eddy's interesting testimony: "The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it" (Science and Health, p. 426).

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