No Reality in Procrastination

Concerning action Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 187), "The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind." This comprehensive statement of power and activity seems radical to those who have been accustomed to believe that action is a function of the human mind and of persons; but its truth can be demonstrated by overcoming the wrong sense of action, and this is being done everywhere by Christian Scientists. Humanity generally is far from recognizing this fact and equally far from practicing its truth and authority.

The carnal mind believes it has a will and activity of its own. It believes in action as being an effect of human will; and from this arises the apathetic, spasmodic, diseased, and reactionary motions which fill human experience with poverty, suffering, and death. Procrastination is one of the common elements of this carnal mind; fear and indolence are its associates. Rooted in the belief that it is a creator and controller of action, this so-called mind believes it can defer necessary action until to-morrow—or until any indefinite time. Christian Science, however, reveals the fact that mortal mind is a false claimant to intelligence and activity, and that its thoughts are but counterfeits of God's thoughts, which exist in Principle without limitation in quality or number.

As one recognizes the important fact that there is no real action but that which is in and of harmonious divine Mind, God, and expressed in His creation, it follows that in reality there can be no procrastination. Procrastination does not exist in divine Mind; it does not exist in the universe of real intelligence; it is no part of the real man. For one either to declare, or mentally or verbally to agree with the statement that procrastination is real is a mistake. To declare through Christian Science the allness and perfection of God, the divine Mind, as being the sole cause of all action, and therefore to deny the reality, power, and presence of procrastination, is to aid in destroying a robber of humanity, a thief of opportunity, of harmony, and happiness on earth.

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Steps Toward Good
March 18, 1922

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