Rising Above Limitations

Christian Science is awakening the world to the needlessness of its self-imposed limitations and suffering. Taught to believe that they are the victims of circumstance, men have tried to be optimistic and "make the best of things." A few have seemed to rise above conditions, but invariably there have been some limitations of heredity, education, or environment, which even these have ignorantly accepted as their own, and hence their continued bondage.

When but a young student of Christian Science, material sense declared a university course an impossibility for the writer because of lack of funds, and later the way seemed blocked by a technicality, but the truth regarding man's heritage as the child of God overcame both difficulties. During the college vacations helpful remunerative positions were found, and a false sense of pride was replaced with a desire to serve. After graduation, while endeavoring to see the next step, an apparently temporary bit of work proved to be the stepping-stone to a permanent position. Humanly, it seemed almost presumptuous at first, there had been so little specific training for it, but day by day through the application of Christian Science the way unfolded. The folly of outlining was seen again and again, and gradually gave way to a growing recognition that Principle "owns each waiting hour" (Poems, p. 4). Mrs. Eddy also tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 319) that "to calculate one's life-prospects from a material basis, would infringe upon spiritual law and misguide human hope." It is for us to declare our freedom from every claim of law or power apart from God, and to understand our inheritance as the reflection of divine Mind.

January 31, 1920

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