Progressive Work

We insist upon children learning the first processes of arithmetic thoroughly and accurately, because they will be used in solving every problem afterward, on and up through the most abstruse calculations; and so it is in the Science of Christianity. There, too, certain fundamental lessons must be mastered; they must become such a part of our mental equipment that we can use them as it were unconsciously. When the writer was a beginner in Christian Science she learned some lessons from a comparatively brief experience that have been of great value and of almost daily usefulness ever since, and she hopes that others may be helped by a recital of them.

I was suffering from a physical disorder which was supposed to be hereditary in the family through several generations, and which always meant two or three days' incapacity with each recurrence of the trouble. After I became interested in Christian Science I was able to overcome a number of ailments, but this particular one I thought to be beyond my reach. When it occurred to me on the first day of this attack to call for help, error at once began to argue that I was too sick to go to the telephone; that it was so troublesome to get a response over the long distance line; that the annoyance therefrom would cause an aggravation of suffering; and back of all this was "a fear that Mind is helpless to defend the life of man and incompetent to control it," as Mrs. Eddy says on page 377 of Science and Health.

February 9, 1918

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