In Paul's letter to the Philippians we find the message, "Be careful for nothing." This is paraphrased in a modern translation by James Moffatt, "Never be anxious." Paul in all his admonitions was accustomed to strengthening the outposts of the early church, and it is with a recognition of his enthusiasm for its steady unfoldment that the full value of this message comes freshly through the centuries to us today.

It was not a suggestion that they cease being anxious through carelessness or complacency of outlook, for that would be comparatively easy, but would only be dodging the issues of life. To be without anxiety does not mean to shift the burden on to others' shoulders, for Christianity in its universal aspect demands individual reasoning from the basis of divine Principle. Thinking thus we immediately find ourselves in the largeness of a universal sympathy, an expansive assurance based on the irrefutable law of goodness. The New Testament teaching regarding freedom from anxiety has nothing to do with becoming oblivious to the demands of increasing contacts with humanity, for withdrawal from relationship with human activities would mean starvation of demonstration. Freedom from anxiety must mean remaining in the midst of the activities of life with the poise of spiritual equanimity, derived from an understanding of God as infinite Mind.

On page 306 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, "Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle,—is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal."

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Taking Things Quietly
February 29, 1936

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