Sculptors of Life

When the Christian Science student is endeavoring to escape from the bondage of a mortal environment which seems to envelop him, how the word "chiseling" instantly announces to him his way to freedom! No longer does he conceive his seeming material life to be like uncarved marble awaiting the stroke of a supernatural power in order that beauty, perfection, and the consciousness of real life may be expressed; rather does he perceive his own duty and his ability to express his true selfhood, which has always coexisted with God. When he awakens to this spiritual privilege and responsibility, he appreciates Mrs. Eddy's clear vision when she says, "We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought" (Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, p. 248), and when she quotes, in furtherance of this idea, from a certain poet (The People's Idea of God, p. 7)

"Sculptors of life are we as we standWith our lives uncarved before us,Waiting the hour when at God's commandOur life dream passes o'er us.If we carve it then on the yielding stoneWith many a sharp incision,Its heavenly beauty shall be our own,—Our lives that angel-vision."

January 7, 1928

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