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WHAT ARE OUR MOTIVES?
Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, lays great stress on the value of right motives. So vital did she consider this subject that she has given us a By-Law in the Manual of The Mother Church entitled "A Rule for Motives and Acts" (Art. VIII, Sect. 1). A motive determines action. In her writings Mrs. Eddy makes clear how necessary it is to examine our motives and see if they are to prove in our daily experience the ever-presence of God's harmonious government, blessing each and all, or if they are to gain personal aggrandizement and mere human success.
In the well-known story of David and Goliath, which is given in the seventeenth chapter of I Samuel, diametrically opposite motives and their unmistakable results are vividly brought out. Goliath, arrogant and boastful, motivated by pride, personal power, and prestige, defied the armies of Israel and boasted his human ability to overcome anyone who might be sent against him.
David, on the other hand, humble in his pure and high motive of glorifying God and proving His power to deliver, said to Goliath: "Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts.... And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands." The result was a glorious victory, and the Israelites were delivered from an enemy.
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WHAT ARE OUR MOTIVES?
SEEING THE PERFECT MAN
GEORGE W. LEDBETTER
THE SEED WITHIN ITSELF
MILDRED E. HYDE
DENNEY W. BRANKLE
TESTIMONY, AND A NOTE OF PRAISE
GLADYS P. DOMERATZKY
"LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE"
ALFRED MARSHALL VAUGHN
"I WILL NOT LET THEE GO"
MARY POWELL HOWE
Louise S. Darcy
THE WARFARE THAT IS GRAND
Helen Wood Bauman
How often I have wished it were...
Mary Harriet Kettering
I am most grateful for Christian Science
Many years ago, when I was...
In the Christian Science textbook,...
Mary Louise Moffatt
It is my desire to share with...
Arthur Kozlay with contributions from Grace Smith Kozlay
When I was studying the Lesson-Sermon...
Emma J. Clark
It is with great joy that I send...
During the recent war we were...
Antonia J. Van Rijckevorsel with contributions from H. Evert A. van Rijckevorsel
For all the healings that I have...
Elaine A. Waller
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Earl L. Douglass, Alan Walker, W. Kee Maxwell, H. V. Falor