How Active Are We?

How truly active are we? The activity of humanity seems to be very unevenly divided. Some are overworked in the effort to satisfy high ambitions, to carry out human purposes, or to fulfill grave responsibilities, or it may be to earn a scanty living. Others may be overly idle with vague purposes, or vain and futile pleasures and pursuits. So the questions may be asked: What is true activity? What is the difference between being truly active, or just idly busy getting many things done, concerned with seemingly innumerable material duties and personal responsibilities? In her Message to The Mother Church for 1902 (p. 8) Mary Baker Eddy writes, "Scientific Christianity works out the rule of spiritual love; it makes man active, it prompts perpetual goodness, for the ego, or I, goes to the Father, whereby man is Godlike."

Here, then, is the test of activity. Spiritual love as reflected in scientific Christianity is true activity and one is truly active in proportion as the ego, or I, goes to the Father and is Godlike. Following this rule, one will never allow the mechanics of doing to take the place of the Science of being. His doing will be the outcome of his being. Then the test of each human activity will be: To what degree is it the reflection of spiritual qualities, which constitute true consciousness? How completely have I allowed the ego, the I, to go to the Father, finding in Him, divine Mind, motive, purpose, activity, and fruition?

Each one may test himself on this question very simply by honesty of questions and answers. How active is love in my consciousness? Is it something talked about, something I say I do not understand, something I reserve for certain friends, that I allow to shine on what seems to me lovely and lovable, and withdraw from that which seems unworthy? Or have I allowed the I to go to the Father, divine Love, and abiding there do I continuously reflect that Love which loves only because it is Love and cannot do otherwise? Is love active in my thought and action?

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March 16, 1946

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