"The warfare with one's self"

On page 118 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy tells us that "the warfare with one's self is grand." It is, however, possible that more than one young student of Christian Science has been tempted to disagree with this statement, especially as their first efforts to put into practice what they are learning are met with one obstacle after another. If we would but remember that this warfare means nothing more or less than a constant separation of the chaff from the wheat in human consciousness, how gratefully would we welcome every opportunity to make this separation. Too often do we look to the human will to do for us whatever we desire to see accomplished, and this in itself is the source of whatever discouragement we may have experienced; whereas a constantly growing dependence upon God, divine Mind, would lighten the burden and cause our efforts to seem less laborious. It is along this line that Mrs. Eddy speaks in the last half of the paragraph already quoted, where she says, "The divine Principle worketh with you,—and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory." This should be sufficient assurance to us at all times that we are on the winning side in this righteous warfare with the false mortal sense of self, no matter what the seeming, and we shall realize victory in proportion to our pure motives and consecrated effort.

The writer is grateful for an experience of about seven years' duration, which seemed at the time to be nothing short of an endless wilderness. The gratitude felt is for the priceless lessons learned during this period, which, it is now plain, were gently but firmly leading her into a purified atmosphere of thought, into better health and a truer sense of happiness. One day when the clouds of depression seemed thickest, a message was received from an article in one of the Christian Science periodicals. It proved to be a timely reminder that we are not working alone, but with God; and that good is ever operative, ever at work in the overcoming of whatever is wrong in the human consciousness. A clear realization of this was a most welcome incentive to work on more patiently and cheerfully, until such time as this truth should hold sway in thought, to the exclusion of all doubt and discouragement.

Lesson from a Jewel
February 8, 1919

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