Accepting All Good

The young student of Christian Science may shut himself out from the full measure of good which belongs to him—as to every child of God—simply because, according to his old way of thinking, it seems too good to be true that all good is available to him. Perhaps prior to his acquaintance with Christian Science there seemed to be very little of good in his experience. When he begins the study of Christian Science and glimpses for the first time the wonderful fact that as God's child he inherits all things from his Father, the source and creator of all good, he may joyfully apply this glorious truth to his most pressing problems and gratefully see them solved. But he must not rest content at this point. If he is to progress and gain new views of the rich store of blessing that is available to him, there is something more for him to do. He must first replace the false thought that anything is too good to be true with the joyous acknowledgment that since God, good, is All, nothing but good can be true. And he must proceed to prove this in his own experience.

Right here a sense of diffidence and false modesty clothing itself in the garb of humility may try to hinder the student's progress, and so rob him of what is rightfully his. The argument may be that he has never looked for or expected much happiness, comfort, or any great measure of security from the common ills of mankind; that while he realizes there are those who are demonstrating their knowledge of this great truth, to the glory of God and for the benefit of their fellow men, great accomplishments are not to be expected of persons like him. These are erroneous arguments, and the mask must be removed from the false humility which would rob him of his rightful effort and accomplishment. Mankind has for so long resigned itself to the belief that sickness and inharmony are a necessary part of human experience that the student must be very alert in freeing his thought from this delusion.

In seeking freedom from the ills and hardships which are the commonly accepted lot of mankind, but which are no part of God's perfect creation, the student must be very sure of his motives and aims. The desire for mere ease in materiality will not bring him near the goal of harmony. He has learned, however, in his study of Christian Science, that as a child of God he reflects the harmony, goodness, and loveliness which are the eternal qualities of Mind. His need at this time may be more fully to understand and appreciate the meaning of the word "reflect," which is defined, in part, as "to give back an image of."

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Striving for the Prize
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