Give us Grateful Hearts

HELPFUL work for the cause of Christian Science, be it ever so humble, so long as it is governed by divine Principle, is to be encouraged. Particularly is the writer desirous of making the road a little easier for those who have newly entered Christian Science for a healing and to whom a supposititious mortal sense is saying, "You are not making any progress." Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" on page 21, "If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, 'I have fought a good fight ... I have kept the faith,' because you are a better man." And on the same page she says: "If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy."

It is helpful to the student and earnest seeker after truth to know that the right desire in itself is the beginning of that honesty of purpose which divine Love blesses because it proves the consciousness of desiring some measure of freedom from the so-called ills and diseases to which one has been subject. Analyzed quietly and calmly, this desire is the outcome of the knowing that freedom from sickness and other forms of evil can be attained in some way. To realize that the motive is born of God, good, helps each of us to be grateful for a gradual realization of the healing truth. It encourages one to press on in his studies, to overcome error by demonstration of the power of truth in his own home, by the knowledge that it has suddenly become easier to withstand the promptings of the human mind, and by a calmer, quieter, and steadier view of what constitutes man in the image and likeness of God.

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