Following Principle

WHEN a student of Christian Science grasps something of the meaning of the term Principle, as applied to God, divine Truth and Love, he gradually comes to realize the necessity of following Principle, as scientifically understood and recognized, in every detail and circumstance of his life. "Principle is absolute," says Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 283), and therefore it is something which can be confidently trusted. The Christian Scientist is realizing ever more clearly that the real man is always governed, guided, and controlled by divine Principle, divine Love, and in the constant endeavor to live daily by this rule he is blessed exceedingly. When one is willing to let mere human will, desire, and planning be set aside, Principle does mark out the path step by step, if one is really bent upon following its leading.

In some of the isles of the Egean Sea, such as Mitylene, Crete, and others, there are few good roads, and if one desires to move from village to village, often the only paths available are the native shepherd tracks, which are invariably of a very rough nature. In taking several walks of this kind it was observed that there appeared to be a lesson for one endeavoring to follow Principle. The chief point noticed was this: that although the actual next step along the track was always apparent, often it was impossible to see just where the next step beyond that one really was until the first step had been taken; but having done this, it was then clearly to be seen.

Ignorance versus Understanding
November 1, 1919

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