Progress Spiritward

A Question often asked by beginners in the study of Christian Science is, Why do I not make greater progress? In any line of endeavor, success can be achieved only by self-sacrifice, a fixed purpose, constant striving, and strict adherence to the rules laid down by those who have explored and marked out the way.

A student who desires to progress in the study of mathematics first chooses a textbook; and it is very necessary that his textbook be authentic. And he must strive to be teachable, earnest, and conscientious in his daily work. If one be self-willed, egotistical, and prone to argue with his teacher, he may seek to solve his problems by a different method than that which has been tested and proved best. Such a student is certain to find discouragement and failure in the end. He will not be prepared when the testing time comes; while the faithful worker, who has not delved into alluring bypaths, will come forth victorious.

Beginners in the study of Christian Science may be compared with those in the foregoing illustration. Some may unwisely seek an easier way. Egotism or self-will may lead them to try some other solution, supposed to be just as good as the tried and proved teachings of our Leader, Mrs. Eddy; but in the end they will find themselves deceived and robbed and perhaps left wounded by the wayside.

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The Christian Science Sentinel
December 8, 1928

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