Past, Present, and Future

ACCORDING to human belief, that which is called time is divided into three parts, namely, that which has gone before, that which is, and that which is to be. Humanity appears to be riding, as it were, on the crest of a wave which is the now, this now supposedly being the division between past and future. From the crest of this wave we are apt to be looking either backward or forward. The backward gaze may rest upon experiences of evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, while the forward gaze anxiously peers into unknown seas, visioning hazards to be encountered, fears, hopes, doubts, victories, and defeats.

Christian Science insists that overmuch looking in either of these directions does not tend to help us, either individually or collectively, in solving our problems. In riveting our mental gaze on past mistakes, we are fictitiously binding ourselves to them, when we would be free. In undue contemplation of what mortal thought terms the future, we are apt to lose the sense of present good, and thus continually postpone its realization. Mrs. Eddy has written (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 12), "We own no past, no future, we possess only now," and as we study this saying we begin to see that we are really concerned only with that which is rightly ours as heirs of God, good.

Free Christian Science Reading Rooms
May 13, 1933

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