Harmony Inevitable

We are prone to think our own problems are harder to solve than problem of others, and therefore we accept discordant conditions as facts, and the consequent suffering as unavoidable and as something to be borne with the best grace possible. This is mistake and is caused by our listening to error's suggestions. These suggestions may be: that we have been singled out to meet greater temptations than anyone else; that because we have thus been set apart in a class by ourselves, we must be just a little superior to God's other children, and what applies to others does not touch our own case at all. Is it not a species of selfish egotism thus to allow self and self's little world to loom so large?

Our revered Leader says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p.13), "Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals." Instead of allowing the evil to lodge in our thought and intrench itself by constantly whispering to us that we are martyrs who deserve a great deal of credit for bearing so cheerfully what others do not have to meet, we should follow out Leader's command to "rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good" (Science and Health, p.393). The arcticle, "Rectifications," on page 20 of "Unity of Good" gives us our line of march, and by constantly reversing the testimony of the material senses, we shall see the "evidence of the spiritual senses" spoken of by Mrs. Eddy on page 288 of Science and Health. By holding fast to what we then see to be the true state of affairs, the right condition will be manifested.

A student of Christian Science found herself, through the mistake of another, placed in a very unpleasant position as to her home life, where there seemed to be no avenue of escape. There was also a great deal of opposition to her study of Christian Science, and she struggled continually with a sense of irritation over the seeming hopelessness of the situation. When the time came for her vacation, she determined to devote it to the solving of the problem. For a week almost her entire time was spent studying and seeking the understanding she seemed to need. At the end of the week several friends met her and all exclaimed at her changed appearance. She knew the work was finished, and she felt like a child who had given up trying to untangle a snarl in some yarn and had pushed the whole thing into its mother's hands, confident that she would shortly make it all straight.

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Lights Along the Way
November 29, 1919

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