The Way of Progress

Humility does not mean that one shall pursue indefinitely a task in a spirit of resignation.

Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep when he heard God's voice speaking to him out of the burning bush. His first thought upon learning what God demanded of him was one of reluctance, for he distrusted his own ability to accomplish the task. Many mortal arguments presented themselves to him. He was humble, indeed, in his modest self-esteem, but true heights of humility were attained when he thrust aside the thought of self, trusted God with his future, and obeyed the divine command that he should lead his own people, the children of Israel, out of their slavery to the Egyptians. Moses was acquainted with the work of sheep-tending. He probably enjoyed the solitary places and the inspiration of sunny days and of the starry sky at evening. The position of leadership, however, was new to him. The course he must take was novel and strange. But after he had been shown of God, he knew that such was to be his task, and that God would be with him, guiding him every step of the way.

Many times we yield to a lethargy which must be broken if we are to progress spiritually. We must abandon the sentimental clinging to places and circumstances that have become familiar. We must be willing to leave behind, if necessary, those we have learned to love as companions and fellow workers, in order to take up some new work to which God has led us. It is in humility, in willingness to be led by divine Mind, that the consecrated student of Christian Science ventures away from reliance on personal support and enters upon new and sometimes unsought paths in his human progress, because God has shown him the right thing to do, and he knows that all good is at hand under divine direction.

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Man's Spiritual Habitation
August 14, 1937

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