Many remember with joy and gratitude their early days in Christian Science, when the vision of the allness of God and the perfection of man in His image burst upon them in all its first radiant light. Many have been able through consecration and self-dedication to retain their joy and enthusiasm throughout the years; others look back longingly and yearn to recapture their first holy joy. Let us consider how our first love of Christian Science may be reaffirmed and constantly expanded through rededication.

While with some students of Christian Science the unrestrained zeal of their early days may have outstripped their wisdom, it is nevertheless true that, as Emerson wrote, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." It is true that no great cause has long endured without enthusiasm of the right sort—God-given inspiration and wise zeal.

In order to keep ever green our devotion to Christian Science, our spiritual inspiration must be continually replenished from its inexhaustible source, God, divine Mind. The pond that does not have a steady influx of fresh water soon becomes stagnant; but the river which is constantly fed from mountain heights keeps its freshness and purity, fostering growth and bringing blessing wherever it flows.

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