IN order to succeed in any undertaking one must prove himself in earnest all along the line. If there is any fluctuation, good results will fluctuate; therefore this quality of earnestness should be claimed by every Christian Scientist. Through its ever increasing use one rises to the solution of higher problems as they present themselves to the advancing understanding.

What is the basis and purpose of true earnestness? Its basis is divine Love and its purpose the ever more definite demonstration of Truth's instantaneous action in human consciousness. Earnestness is a spiritual quality expressed in the active determination to bring to light the perfection of God, man, and the universe and to overcome all ungodliness. For our comfort, let us remember that God has created man in His likeness, not in His unlikeness. Therefore, whatever errors of belief have to be overcome, let us start by knowing that, because they are unlike God, they are unlike man; and that materiality is the very reverse of the spirituality which God maintains in man. Let us earnestly strive to see ourselves and others as God sees His image, and not as the senses misrepresent, but do not mar, that image.

One who would prove himself a successful worker in Christian Science must be prepared constantly to reverse the suggestion that he lacks courage, vision, perseverance, or any other quality essential to progress. If to mortal sense we seem to lack good qualities, how may we acquire them? By dwelling always on the primal fact that God, infinite good, fully equips His likeness at all points, for as Paul says, "Ye are complete in him." Everyone can start at once to purify, enlarge, and beautify his character by turning in thought from mortal imperfection to the full reflection of divine perfection. Owing to the density of mortal belief our character may have seemed to be faulty, narrow, colorless, but God is the unfailing basis of all righteousness and efficiency, and on this basis everyone may earnestly and availingly plant himself.

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"Stand porter at the door of thought"
August 2, 1930

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