It is a commonly accepted truism that no good thing is gained without effort. So it is with Christian Science healing. To experience the blessing of this healing and to continue to do so require devotion of time and thought to the study and pondering of the teachings of this religion. To some, it may seem that too great sacrifice is demanded. It is true that something is to be done other than repetition of words or the blind acceptance of what is read. But the student learns that nothing of value is sacrificed and that the task of healing, when approached earnestly and obediently, is not painful or burdensome. Rather, it is an altogether uplifting and joyful experience.

Christ Jesus said (Matt. 11:28), "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The Master was not suggesting that the searcher is thereafter relieved of any duty, for he goes on to say, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me." Here is an admonition to work, but also a promise that this effort is not wearisome but restful. Weariness is occasioned not by following the Christ, but by failing to do so.

Mankind often turn from the straight and narrow path into what appear to be easier ways, or they seek peace through utter inactivity because of fear that following the Christ will demand more pain than can be endured, more mental exertion than is comfortable, or more work than they are able to do. This fear is unfounded.

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