Outstanding among the problems confronting mankind today is the tendency to believe in the deferment of good. People have been educated to believe that good is not for the present, but that it may appear at some future time or in some faroff place. It is easy to imagine that one will be contented when he graduates from school, when he becomes married, when he secures a better position, or when he retires. Others may feel that their sense of happiness will be complete when they obtain a better salary, when an inheritance is received, or when their securities increase in value. Possibly the largest group who have accepted the argument of the postponement of good are those who feel that they can be happy only when some physical change takes place in their bodies so that they may attain a state of health.

The Preface to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, begins with the arresting statement (p. vii), "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." It should be observed that the author of the textbook states that "today is big with blessings," not tomorrow or some other time in the future, Mrs. Eddy does not qualify her words "big with blessings" with the verbs "may be" or "should be." The word "is" constitutes an unqualified assurance of present blessings.

The New Testament supports Mrs. Eddy's assertion in John's words (I John 3:2), "Beloved, now are we the sons of God." Here again there is no reference to sonship to be achieved in a life to come; it is actually ours here and now. Few seem to grasp the significance of this simple, direct statement. Divine sonship carries with it the inherent of qualities and capacities inherent in our Father-Mother God. God is good; God is omnipresent; good is omnipresent. God, good, is as near today as He ever will be. Understanding the truth of God and man, we can experience now that state of divine sonship which embraces the abundance, dominion, poise, assurance, success, and harmony included in a divine heritage.

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February 2, 1957

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