Two people may use the word "retirement" to describe widely differing concepts. Before we accept retirement as a goal, we would do well to scrutinize our understanding of what the word implies. The false sense of retirement presents a withdrawal from activity, a permanent leisure. Idleness is mistakenly pictured as paradise.

Unless the student of Christian Science is alert to the spiritual interpretation of words, he may be taken in and deceived by widespread mistaken concepts of happiness. Because man is the image and likeness of God, he expresses the continuous, joyous activity of divine Mind. God's man is conscious of unfoldment and progress. And progress is a spiritual law, which we cannot ignore. There is no recession for Mind and its ideas. Mary Baker Eddy says of spiritual progress in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 265), "This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace."

December 15, 1956

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