"Redeeming the time"

The belief in time entertained by mortals is one of the basic errors of the human mind; within its limitations are included material birth, maturity, and decay with all the attendant illusions of mortality.

On every hand one may hear complaints or fears expressed relative to loss of time, waste of time, working against time, and so on. Time, indeed, has been accepted in human thought as a powerful arbiter, and we have allowed ourselves to be mesmerized into agreement with its restrictive conditions without realizing the bondage under which we have thereby placed ourselves. If, however, we consider that God is eternal, and that "in him we live, and move, and have our being," as Paul says, we must recognize that now we are dwelling in eternity, which is timeless. So in place of that ancient lie in which we have been believing, we may put the truth that where God is, time is unknown, and we cannot have lost it or wasted it, nor do we need to work against it, with the sense of tension and anxiety that is thereby implied.

That does not mean we are exempt from activity as Christian Scientists, or excused from the utmost legitimate effort as loyal citizens, but it ensures our being able to contribute to the world's work positively, with strength and efficiency unimpaired by doubt, depression, or recrimination, since we may be confident that God guides us in right ways.

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Spiritual Vision
December 26, 1942

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