Joyous Disillusionment

One of the most glorious opportunities Christian Science offers is that of turning to the real source of joy and happiness. All mortals are seeking happiness, but a large majority outline for themselves the way it should be attained; and this postpones its realization. Many believe that they must wait for happiness until they have won particular positions in life; others, until they have acquired a certain amount of money, houses, automobiles, and the like. But all these are looking in the wrong direction.

Happiness is a quality of God. How, then, are we to find it if we look to matter for it? We cannot. Our first step towards its attainment is to know where it is to be found. Mary Baker Eddy has said in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 60), "Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul." Suppose we act on that premise some morning and say: "I am going to express the happiness which comes from Soul, God, today. I am going to look to Soul for my joy, and I am going to reject any argument which would say that I can find it in material sense." What a wonderful day it will be!

The happiness which we find in God casts its influence on our work and our play. Then we find that we are happy every minute because the source of our joy cannot be obscured or hidden from us. Thus it is not postponed until some future time. We have it now.

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The Indestructibility of Spirit
February 17, 1940

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