Abiding Happiness

On page 294 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy has said, "A real Christian Scientist is a marvel, a miracle in the universe of mortal mind." The earnest student of Christian Science, daily striving for a larger understanding of man's true selfhood as a child of God, rejoices as fresh occasions give him the privilege of manifesting in new ways the joy that is ever unfolding through his faithful contemplation of the things of Spirit. Even when heavy burdens of sense-evidence are demanding mighty struggles to silence thoughts of mortal selfhood, a happy outlook is enjoyed by sincere workers. This attitude may appear inexplicable to some who have not yet learned of the blessings brought into one's experience through absolute reliance upon God. Abiding happiness, constant joy, and a sense of dominion despite the many human problems that arise in the journey heavenward are some of the mental jewels of divine Mind's bestowing.

When Paul was brought before King Agrippa to testify concerning the things of which he had been accused, his reply was, "I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself." This would indicate that even though falsely accused there was within Paul a sense of rejoicing, rather than a troubled concern as to what judgment would be rendered by the king or any other as affecting his continued devotion to God, divine Principle. It would appear that he was delighted at the opportunity thus afforded him of giving literal evidence of the thought that was long before expressed by the Psalmist when he said, "I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed."

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