On Drawing Comparisons

[Original article in German]

Mrs. Eddy's words from our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 70), "The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal," proved to be of inestimable value to an adherent of Christian Science who was in the habit of drawing comparisons between himself and others, not from a sense of superiority, but rather in the earnest endeavor to progress in the understanding of Christian Science and to become useful in active service. Yet this habit of making comparisons was fraught with danger. If the comparisons was unfavorable to him, every door was open for discouragement and depressions. If, however, the comparison drawn showed him superior to others, there was the opposite danger of presumption and vanity. The words just quoted came to his rescue and destroyed this error; for the student who wished to be healed of it was thereby led to realize that God creates each of His ideas complete and perfect.

Paul says, "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit." How, then, could anyone be in position better than the student himself to do the work which at a given point, as a result of his study of Christian Science, was his to do? He had but to do the work under God's direction; and with the task would appear the God-given ability to solve the problem. Knowing that creation is good, as we read in the first chapter of Genesis, we find that the solution of every problem necessarily is at hand, since in the one perfect creation man is ever conscious of completeness.

Learning How to Steer
July 8, 1933

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