Individual Responsibility

The realization of his individual responsibility to Principle is vital to the personal progress of every Christian Scientist and will very largely determine the value of his service to humanity. Because this is true, it is profitable to examine the human mind to find what it is that would hinder a man from facing his responsibility, testing his relationship to Truth at every step of the way, and working out his own salvation.

Mental laziness is perhaps the most common of these hindrances. It usually comes disguised as lack of time, for it prefers the comparatively easy tasks imposed by the beliefs of the flesh to the mental discipline of seeking and finding the will of God. It very easily persuades the human being to leave serious study and close reasoning either for some future time or to some other person or group of persons. This inactive condition is more or less prevalent in the thought of every mortal, and he seldom makes any decided effort to correct it until forced to do so by some phase of human suffering. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 240) Mrs. Eddy says: "If at present content with idleness, we must become dissatisfied with it. Remember that mankind must sooner or later, either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to be overcome."

July 10, 1920

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