What a deep beauty lies in the meaning of the word sincerity, when it is applied to our Master's attitude toward Principle. This attitude revealed a perfect obedience, loyal adherence to the divine concept, selfless overcoming of everything unlike good, and a compassion so all-embracing that error had no place in that wonderful light of understanding.

Surely all true followers of Mrs. Eddy's teachings would do well to ponder the meaning of sincerity and endeavor to test the quality of their daily thinking by its standard. It would seem that even the gift we all prize so much, a mutually unselfish and loving friendship, must have as a foundation a true sincerity manifested in motive and desire. The human acceptance of the word sincerity seems curiously lax and lacking in its recognition of the demands this quality makes in true consciousness, and an easy-going, half-way reliable attitude seems all that is offered to meet the human need. The human mind is curiously prone to believe in itself and to rely upon its own intelligence to adjust things when conditions become discordant. Undoubtedly one of the most powerful barriers mortal mind erects against sincerity is the belief in so-called human intellect, which arrogates to itself the seat of all knowledge, and resents and resists the demand for selfless humility expressed by Jesus in the words, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge."

The boastful assertion of the human mind can be annulled only by the spontaneous purity and innocence of the childlike thought, which sincerely beholds and accepts God, good, as the only creator. The keystone of all real achievement must be a whole-hearted sincerity in working for the right object, and when our desire is established in Principle our realization of the fulfillment of this desire must be in proportion to our steadfastness and loyalty. On page 450 of Science and Health our Leader describes three classes of thinkers, the third class being characterized by sincerity, nobility, and generosity, and we can perceive how such thinkers as these have fought for and gained the ground whereon they stand, turning ever and only to the one Mind for their support and guidance.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

One Step at a Time
July 5, 1919

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.