Obstacles Overcome

Let us consider some of the steps to be taken before we can advance very far in the understanding of Christian Science. We have experienced the overcoming of discord and disease, and now we long for a deeper understanding of spiritual truths, so that we may lead others to the heavenly light. What is it that keeps us from gaining this understanding? Why do we not progress more rapidly in the demonstration of the truth? As we grow in the power of honest self-analysis we find that the chief thing that keeps us from advancing is the fact that we do not really want to do so.

If with our whole heart we want to know God, if desire to understand better His law is. the motive of our lives, if we can say with Paul, "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord," then nothing on earth can prevent our steady progress in the understanding of Christian Science. But advance satisfactorily we cannot, if while seeking Truth we still cling tenaciously to material desires, hidden in some obscure corner of thought. "Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty," writes Mrs. Eddy on page 183 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

The Christian Science Monitor
March 15, 1919

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