On Becoming a Christian Science Practitioner

Early in my study, I asked a practitioner what I should do to be a better Christian Scientist. "Heal something," he replied, "if it is only a yellow dog." Very soon I had occasion to do that very thing. I had already known that Christian Science heals, because it had healed me. But now I had proof that I could apply its teachings successfully. This was a turning point in my life.

From that time, hardly a day went by that I did not find some opportunity to apply to a human situation what I was learning of the divine Principle and rule of Christian Science. I wanted to apply my growing understanding to problems of various kinds, and the more I looked, the more I found opportunities. I had class instruction from an authorized teacher, and in a shorter time than I thought possible I was devoting my full time to the public practice of this Science. There is no more challenging and fruitful occupation to be desired, if one is suited to the healing work.

Many earnest Christian Scientists are looking forward to the time when they will be able to become practitioners. How does one go about it? First of all, one should not wait for the opportunity to heal until he is ready to open an office. Such waiting may deprive him of a vital and spiritually enriching activity. If at the present time one is willing and alert, he will find opportunities to apply his understanding of Christian Science wherever he is and in whatever he may be doing.

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September 21, 1963

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