In considering not only our own individual problems, but also the many activities of the Christian Science movement, we are very apt to forget how largely the question of time enters into the minutiæ of our everyday affairs, and to what an extent it influences our thinking.

All too frequently the thought of time conveys to the student only a period denoted by the clock or by the calendar, a period within which something must be done, when some opportunity may be seized or perhaps lost, together with varying thoughts of speed, haste, procrastination, lethargy, success, and failure; and a study of this question will do much to broaden our thought, add to our strength, and increase our knowledge of the possibilities of good already available, only waiting to be discerned. As we individually gain a wider and broader outlook, or, in other words, as we throw off the limitations of material sense, we proportionately strengthen and support the Christian Science movement, and extend and increase its influences for good in the world.

Every student of Christian Science desires the success and prosperity of the Christian Science movement, of The Mother Church, of the branch church to which he belongs, and of mankind. Frequently, however, this desire is obscured, and even temporarily reversed, through an overzealous anxiety to see this success and prosperity manifested or brought about immediately, and perhaps in a particular way. This false sense frequently occasions acts of aggression and interference, and may create a sense of pressure and the feeling of a necessity to act or speak when to do so would be unwise. In such circumstances the consideration of the question of time, and especially of the word "now," may unfold new points of view which will entirely alter that viewpoint and ease the situation. The everyday use of the word "now," for instance, is almost entirely connected with the human sense of time and with material existence.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Both Letter and Spirit
September 15, 1928

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.