Three Progressive Steps

AS students of Christian Science we are familiar with Mrs. Eddy's unassailable titles of Discoverer, Founder, and Leader, but our familiarity sometimes goes little farther than just our use of the names, and we are not sufficiently appreciative of the characteristics and labors that brought them into being.

There is only one Discoverer, one Founder of Christian Science, one Leader of its movement, and no one else can ever share these titles with her. But it is useful to ponder what they stand for, and to find that in endeavoring to follow Mrs. Eddy's teachings we can use in our own experience the qualities that she manifested in the achievement of the titles.

The work of the way-showers and pioneers does not relieve us of the individual effort and study required, if we would understand Truth and make it our own. Mrs. Eddy writes of Jesus' work, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 18), as follows: "His mission was both individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals,—to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility."

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April 18, 1936

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