Step by Step

A student of Christian Science, spending a vacation on the seacost, found climbing over the huge rocks and boulders piled along the shore not only an enjoyable pastime, but also illustrative or human experience in striving to gain a better understanding of Christian Science. At first her steps had to be taken very carefully; and even after she had attained some degree of proficiency in climbing, she had to take care to place her feet firmly on each rock, lest she slip on the seaweed or on the wet surface of the rock. The experience served to portray some of the lessons that must be learned by every student as he makes his way out of belief in matter into a better and higher understanding of the truth that is spiritual.

Have we not all heard, again and again, of the necessity for taking each step in the order of its unfoldment? Many times in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and the Leader of the Christian Science movement, has referred to the need of taking the first step, as well as to the wisdom of looking beyond a single step.

As one strives to make his way over the rugged and jagged rocks, or problems, or human experience, slippery with the seaweed of temptation, and often so steep that dominion is gained only with great difficulty, one finds that he must take each step, or solve each problem, as it comes. Every student of Christian Science finds that gaining a demonstrable knowledge of the truth that solves all problems is a step-by-step process. Each problem must be worked out as it comes to one, else one is not prepared to solve the next problem that presents itself. Higher understanding is gained only by true effort, persisten and faithful.

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The Stronghold
November 17, 1928

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