Improving Moments

In her article "Improve Your Time" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 230) our Leader writes, "Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing." In the same passage she also enumerates the various ways in which time may be wasted. According to the character of his thinking one is every moment increasing, or retarding, his spiritual awakening.

Properly utilized, what mortals call a moment becomes a factor in unfolding the vision of eternality, illimitable good, everlasting harmony. How precious a privilege it is to dedicate to Truth, by true thinking, to Love, in universal loving-kindness, to Life, in pure living, every moment throughout each day; to form each morning the prayerful resolve that our consciousness shall remain true to the highest good we know, so that the evening hour may find us consciously nearer the demonstration of spiritual dominion, and more definitely doing the healing works of Christian Science!

Through increased spiritual understanding the hidden ways of evil are laid bare, and the effort to stand faithfully by God's requirements may entail a sharp struggle, leading to certain victory. In the midst of a pagan people, Isaiah upheld the righteous standard revealed to him by divine Mind and echoed God's loving call to safety: "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast." Every moment Love is all-powerful and is consciously reflected by man. Every moment, therefore, error is powerless, and nonextant in true consciousness. Every moment is to be utilized in proving the nothingness of material temptations. In the experience of one who has turned to Christian Science there should never be a moment of panic, for Life is God, and Life's reflection coexists with Spirit, the one creator. As we remain mentally faithful to the fundamental spiritual fact of the one Mind and one Life, mortal temptations will be overpast and, moment by moment, spiritual fidelity will be rewarded. Thus moments which mortal mind and material so-called laws may call critical will not have been wasted, or faithlessly turned over to the enemy. They will have been improved in bearing instant and constant witness to Truth alone.

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July 20, 1929

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