MEETING OBLIGATIONS

There is no escape from obligations. There is only the necessity and the capacity for meeting them. Since man is the image and likeness of God, he may be said to be obliged to reflect the perfect nature of his divine source. In this sense, his obligation is to bear witness to God's being. Such obligation is infinite and is discharged in infinite ways. Hence, as one progresses in spiritual self-knowledge and discerns in himself the ability to reflect God and the power, usefulness, and abundance of good which accompany it, he recognizes increasingly the obligations that are his.

But this does not mean an increasing sense of burden. On the contrary, it means a freer and happier sense of existence, attested by discharged obligations and the joyous recognition of ability to discharge them. In this connection it is well to remember the spiritual truth stated by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, that "progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 233).

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March 5, 1949
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