"Presence of mind"

It has been universally accepted among men that in times of great danger only those who have presence of mind can be of use in preventing serious accident and saving themselves and others. This opinion has been of great help to me when translated into its higher meaning as taught in Christian Science. Sometime and somewhere each one of us is apt to come face to face with his besetting sin or weakness, and no further progress is possible until it is overcome. Fear of something, which is only a belief in a power apart from God, good, is the common weakness of mortals, and as our understanding of the might and ever presence of God, infinite Mind, grows, naturally fear is destroyed.

Riding in an automobile, even at a slow rate of speed, had always been unpleasant to me; while to drive one myself seemed an impossibility, fearful as I was of an indefinable something. When the call came to me to read in a Christian Science church, situated two miles from our home in an adjacent village, I realized that it would be convenient for us to own an automobile, and that it was important that I should learn to drive it, in order to be perfectly independent at all times. I regarded this appointment as an answer to my prayer for greater activity in the expression of gratitude for blessings innumerable which had come to me through Christian Science, and I did not hesitate to "go forward."

April 12, 1919

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