Being a Practitioner

FREQUENTLY we hear a young student of Christian Science say, "How I wish I could be a practitioner!" Surely this desire is right, for it is the result of the deep gratitude he feels for the blessings he has received through Christian Science. It is Love's call to fulfill the Golden Rule, to do unto others as he would have others do unto him, through the sweet ministrations of Christian Science.

The longing to share with others the cheer, the courage, the healing balm of spiritual thinking, starts with the first real gleam one discerns of the ever present Christ, Truth. In the proportion that one lives in the sure consciousness and radiation of this truth can he be a practitioner. To know must be to demonstrate. One's establishment as an authorized practitioner—meaning by that one who is recognized by the Board of Directors of The Mother Church, and who is able to give all his time to the healing work, exclusive of every other occupation or profession—has been attained through persistent effort and obedience to the admonition of Mrs. Eddy in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 22): " 'Occupy till I come!' Wait for your reward, and 'be not weary in well doing.'" He has occupied his thinking with the Christ-presence, and has learned that mere human knowledge and human goodness do not heal. Only the good, which is the truth realized, heals.

"Sound wisdom"
May 26, 1923

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