Progress versus Habit

A Dictionary defines the word "habit" in part as "ordinary course of conduct; established custom; usage; general or settled condition or tendency."

Mary Baker Eddy rarely uses the word in her writings, and then mostly in connection with bad habits, though she says on page 62 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in connection with the education of children, "The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease." It can be seen that such habits of obedience are beneficial, and essential to progress.

It is obvious that bad habits retard progress, but sometimes less obvious that good habits may do so too.

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The Comfort of Christian Science
May 23, 1942

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