All in Due Time

It has been aptly said that the seven units of time, namely, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years, constitute seven great fears of mankind. How true it is that an unwise bondage to this insidious septet entails a weary train of undesirable consequents, including haste, pressure, worry, fear, and friction!

A writer may be peacefully engaged in his work, when suddenly a familiar but unwelcome call comes from a well-meaning member of the household: "Do you realize that you have just three minutes to catch that train?" The sweet sense of serenity, into which no thought of time has penetrated, where constructive thoughts have been gathering and forming in the work so dearly loved, gives reluctant place to the scramble of muscle and momentum increased by the iron rod of that tyrannical "three minutes" that lands him, triumphant perhaps, but more or less confused, in the departing train.

At such a point thought might turn for comfort to the Scriptural statement that in the beginning man was given dominion over all things, and reason wistfully that the human belief in time should be one of the things included in this promise. To have dominion over anything, however, one must know the truth about it, or, in other words, understand how to classify and use it. This understanding is made possible through the study of Christian Science as discovered by Mary Baker Eddy and revealed to us in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Here, in the Glossary, we find many spiritual definitions of Biblical terms, and the following metaphysical interpretation of the word "time," given on page 595, is very illuminating: "Time. Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error; that which begins before, and continues after, what is termed death, until the mortal disappears and spiritual perfection appears."

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Sickness Is a Mistaken Belief about Man
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