"Mind, the author of all things"

HOW often in human affairs does one who seems to excel in starting some activity lack the ability to bring such work to a successful finish, owing perhaps to a belief of mental stagnation, procrastination, or the seeming lack of right ideas. The elimination of these false beliefs alone renders progress possible; and this is accomplished as we grasp the facts that "now are we the sons of God," that as such we are not subject to material laws of birth, decay, and death, but are manifesting those qualities which reflect God.

Further encouragement is afforded us in the words of Jesus (John 17:4), "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." Here we find that he expressed the ability to complete that which he had undertaken, and to this fact Mrs. Eddy calls attention on page 98 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she states, "Mystery does not enshroud Christ's teachings, and they are not theoretical and fragmentary, but practical and complete; and being practical and complete, they are not deprived of their essential vitality."

Thus as we look to the perfect pattern which our Master left us, we turn away from the thought that of ourselves we can accomplish anything, and realize, as did Jesus, the infinite source of true ability, for always he strove to prove that his success lay in the understanding of his relation to God, in his conscious at-one-ment with the all-knowing Mind. Our Leader says (Science and Health, p. 519), "Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas."

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April 18, 1936

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