Time Limitation

"The time for thinkers has come," writes Mrs. Eddy in the Preface to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. vii). These words arouse us to see the demand which Spirit makes upon us as Christian Scientists to exercise the faculties which God has bestowed upon us. The activity of good awakens us to see the importance of using our time wisely in order that the present moments may be filled with right thinking.

Of the many limitations which error tries to impose upon us, that of time is one of the most insistent. We intend to do this or that, to study the Lesson-Sermon, for instance, and to read the Monitor each day, but we excuse ourselves and say we have not the time. When we allow evil to sentence us to a continual sense of lack of time, we slip along from day to day, quite unconscious of the good we are shutting out from our daily experience. We seem to be spending our days in time, but in reality "we live, and move, and have our being" in eternity. It rests with us to decide whether we shall limit ourselves by a sense of time or whether we shall progress toward an adequate unfoldment of eternal good. Are we content to see time through the mist of corporeality and allow time to be our master, or are we bringing to bear upon our human problem the light of spiritual understanding and thus attaining to that dominion through which material sense yields to spiritual understanding.

The belief in time limitation is so generally accepted as normal that we do not always resist its pernicious influence. The divine activity is not confined to the ticks of a clock. We say, "How time flies!" but time has no place in the consciousness of the real man. Time is neither to be feared nor to be loved. We should be neither glad of much time nor sorry for little time. We know that our accomplishment of good results is in the exact ratio of our fidelity to good, which is God. God is Love, and Love is both cause and effect. If we do our best each moment, we shall not go too fast or too slow, but shall find each day full of immeasurable good.

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Scientific Dominion
February 8, 1919

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