Study, Practice, Growth

The point where one may safely stop studying, and rest satisfied with progress already made, has never yet been reached by a student of Christian Science. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (Pref., p. ix), with respect to herself, that "to-day, though rejoicing in some progress, she still finds herself a willing disciple at the heavenly gate, waiting for the Mind of Christ." What an example for us! Throughout her writings she admonishes her followers to study daily, prayerfully, earnestly, the Bible and her works. She asks nothing of us that she herself did not do.

As in other lines of endeavor, so it is in Christian Science. As the student applies himself diligently to the subject in hand, abides by the rules set forth, and is willing to make practical what he has already learned, he cannot help but progress. Christian Science is not mere theory; neither is it a "Sunday religion." It must be used daily, hourly, momentarily; and only as we are obedient in this respect can we hope to make real progress. Earnest study of the Lesson-Sermons in the Christian Science Quarterly is most necessary; it is part of the work whereby we fortify ourselves against the shafts of error. More than a cursory reading of our authorized literature is required; for this is all part of God's plan whereby "good shall come unto thee."

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