Quite frequently we hear remarks which allude to the use of will power as a requirement for releasing one from an undesirable habit or for the working out of some distressing problem. When will power is considered as a personal possession and is employed with human self-determination any seeming good results from it are never satisfying or permanent. The student of Christian Science understands that expressions such as, "You need more will power," are mistakes.

There is, however, a true concept of both will and self which leads to God and away from finite personal sense or selfhood. From a spiritual standpoint there is but one infinite Person, namely God, divine Principle, the one and only Ego. Therefore in absolute truth our true self-determination is really the reflection of God's wisdom. And since there is but one will, the will of God, the determination to express that will is never wrong, for it is the manifestation of God's wisdom to express a righteous course invariably.

Mary Baker Eddy defines "will"' in part in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 597) as "the might and wisdom of God." The will of God, the one and only will, is indeed a mighty and wise power. The determination to do right should never be based upon so-called human will power, but rather upon this right concept of will which Mrs. Eddy has given us. The author of "Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy" says of her (p. 115), "She proved that what God wills, no human law or power can impede or oppose."

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September 13, 1952

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