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.

Overcoming the Threat of Fire Bombs
August 16, 1941

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