Using the Talent of Speech

What a glorious privilege it is to be able to express oneself rightly, to share one's ideas with one's neighbor! Through prayer the silent word goes over sea and continent, bringing peace and comfort to all those who are receptive to Truth; the written word, too, is a most important method of communicating ideas; but there is the talent of speech, which must be understood and cultivated. Are we grateful for this talent, and do we use it as effectively as we might? In almost every phase of human activity, man is called upon to use his ability of speech.

To the student of Christian Science, oral expression should present no problem. Mary Baker Eddy has told us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 454), "Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action." As we pray daily for more spiritual enlightenment, and as our motives become higher and holier, it is in accordance with divine Principle that perfect expression must follow. Effective speech is as natural with increased understanding of God as is the demonstration over sickness and sin.

Divine inspiration is ever available to those who have right motives and rely completely upon divine Mind for guidance. When God called upon him to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt, Moses was fearful of accepting the responsibility, declaring that he was not an eloquent speaker. God answered the objection with the message: "Who hath made man's mouth? ...have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." These encouraging words from divine Love are as true and powerful today as they were in Moses' time. We too can hear this divine message as we, through the study of Christian Science, comprehend that man reflects the all-knowing Mind. At no time is man separated from that perfect Mind which is God. Spiritual ideas are ours to draw upon, to be conscious of, at all times. As we realize the source of all inspiration to be God, and as we hold thought in readiness to receive, divine Mind will tell us what to say.

Overcoming the Threat of Fire Bombs
August 16, 1941

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