Restrain Your Ardor

Some time ago the writer heard a sermon preached on the necessity for restraining one's human sense of ardor, and this strain of thought, so unlike usual denominationalism, made a deep impression, although the reason why it did so was not apparent until it was seen in the light of Christian Science. Because the statement was so truly metaphysical, as now seen, it appealed to an inquiring mind that has since, through the teachings of Christian Science, learned to analyze thought and discern true demand.

Without discernment of the true activity of Principle all human effort, no matter how ardent the advocate, contains an element of obstruction. One may labor without stint for a cause that presents itself as economically or politically advantageous, until one is exhausted with the physical effort and wearied with the mental strain, only to arrive at a result that an understanding of Principle must dissolve first from human consciousness in order to bring out the unerring activity of Principle. This weariness and misspent energy could have been spared through the sound judgment of Mind piercing the ardor of human efficiency, for as Mrs. Eddy has pointed out in her textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 519): "God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished, can never impoverish, the divine Mind."

"Come out from among them"
January 21, 1922

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