As defined in a dictionary, "activity" is the "state or quality of vigorous action; liveliness in doing, functioning." This term is sometimes taken to mean the use of mere physical energy; and by expressing this kind of activity many of us weary ourselves. Instead of fulfilling our true birthright the grand activity of spiritual knowing, we may rush around, sometimes accomplishing little that is really worth while.

This point is brought out in the Bible story of Mary and Martha. On one of Jesus' visits to their home, Martha, "cumbered about much serving," was engaged in providing for their guest's material comfort, while the gentle Mary was sitting at the Master's feet, listening to his wonderful words of wisdom. Which sister was the more truly active? Pointing to the need for spiritual activity Jesus said, "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Real activity, therefore, is expressed in both hearing and doing the will of God. Throughout eternity man must ever be about his Father's business. As one understands and practices this truth in one's daily experiences, whether in the office, home, or shop, one finds one's self very busy, indeed. Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 3), "To understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire."

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"I will listen"
February 25, 1933

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