Our Choice

Each must choose for himself whether he will serve Principle or person; no one can take this all-important step for another. One may unhesitatingly take the side of Principle; another, less confident but with equal desire to do right, may ask himself, Who am I, that I should be able to decide this great thing? But to remain stationary is impossible. Shall we go forward? Yes; and so the start is made.

For a time all goes well, and the worker in Christian Science makes some progress, as in faithfully helping others he comes to see the wonderful help he is getting himself. So far it has been easy to keep to the straight and narrow way. There has not been much to meet, and one is inclined to slacken his watch, when suddenly the path seems obstructed and doubts and fears seem to be turning him aside. Such an experience may cause us to wonder if the choice we made was right; or, if right, whether we have understanding enough to go forward. At this point thought turns to the children of Israel, and the beautiful description given by Mrs. Eddy on page 566 of Science and Health of their guidance through the Red Sea and the wilderness, and we see that only by pressing on, and following our Leader as she herself followed Christ, can we hope to reach the promised land.

The Image of God
December 8, 1917

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