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NOT only the young student of Christian Science but the older as well often labors under the impression that he has failed to demonstrate the truth in some particular problem because that which he wanted to bring to pass failed to manifest itself. This tendency of the human mind to decide what is best for it is often spoken of in Christian Science as outlining, and is something we should guard against most carefully. The unwisdom of it is clearly stated by Paul when he says, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him," because, as Mrs. Eddy writes, "in league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things" (Science and Health, p. 255). Through a lapse of time we may, however, come to see and know that that which to material sense we considered a failure was a demonstration, and we then clearly recognize how we were protected by Love. Such, at least, has been the experience of the writer.

The problem of knowing when a result is a "demonstration" seems difficult only because mortal mind is so certain of the things that are good for one, whereas the truth is that it knows nothing about the things prepared for them that love God. This whole matter was made so clear by an experience in the schoolroom that I repeat it in the hope that it may bring a little light to others.

Sunday School Teaching
August 26, 1916

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