Truth's Price

It is generally accepted without question, in all lines of human activity, that in order to secure anything worth while it is necessary that a price be paid. The price may be measured in terms of money, but more often it is expressed in terms of diligence, persistence, patience, devotion, consecration to material objects and purposes.

In their desperate effort to attain what they think will satisfy, mortals endeavor to apply these qualities in order to reach the specific goal which they think will give them supreme satisfaction. Too often they find their efforts inadequate to cope with the obstacles which seem to interfere with their progress; or, perhaps, having attained their goal, they still are dissatisfied, and continue to spend their time and effort in new directions. The price is paid without questioning, and they wish only that they had more to spend.

When these qualities of devotion, consecration, diligence, and patience are rightly directed, they are indeed praiseworthy; but when used for selfish gain, for the satisfaction of the senses, they are wasted. In view of mortal mind's reckless spending to secure what so often turns out to be an imposition, is it strange that there is such reluctance on the part of some to spend even a little of consecration and devotion to the truth which can give them true and lasting happiness? The price is questioned! "Christian Science is too hard to understand," says one; "I have not the time to study," says another; and yet evening after evening may be given to some form of mere amusement.

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An Understanding Faith
May 21, 1927

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