Keeping in Step

A Story is told of a mother whose son had enlisted for service with the colors. She had been to see him drilling with other recruits and on returning home informed her husband with pride, "They were all out of step but our Willie."

It may be that there are few who sometime have not felt "out of step." To one it may seem that he is right and everyone around him wrong. Another may feel that everyone and everything is against him. The child who cannot fit in with his playmates is apt to say, "It's all their fault."

One of the first lessons the student in Christian Science learns is that he can and should be master of his own circumstances, and that he need not let them master him. Man's divine heritage is dominion and freedom, but unless resistance to evil is impelled by the higher motive, by the love for God and man, rather than by selfishness or the fear of evil, it is likely that this warfare may be prolonged and one's efforts often beset with discouragement. Mary Baker Eddy tells us in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 454), "Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching."

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Honest Gratitude
January 18, 1936

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