It has been said that youth lives mostly in the future, and old age mostly in the past. Nevertheless, the eternal present of spiritual reality is all that is actually taking place. When men understand that not events—be they past or future—govern their lives, they will understand what Mary Baker Eddy means when on page 419 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she writes: "Mind produces all action. If the action proceeds from Truth, from immortal Mind, there is harmony; but mortal mind is liable to any phase of belief."

There is no shadow which has fallen across our path from the past, no accepted, perhaps hereditary weakness, misfortune, or disability, which the present power of constructive knowing and virile action cannot annul. There is no fearful memory, no dreaded prognostication, which the consciousness of God's law of divine preservation cannot disarm. On the other hand, no assumption of present security, no improvident optimism, based upon the assets in view—be they in the form of fortune or prospects—are guarantees of success. Thus does James warn his listeners: "Go to now, ye that say, To day or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow."

The spiritual fact is the omnipresence of good. The past which calls to us to look backwards, or the future which beckons us ahead, is but the suppositional argument of mortal mind, directing, influencing, encouraging, or discouraging us to the degree that we believe that any action based upon mortal premises can affect our lives.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

November 6, 1943

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.