Are We Observers Only?

Observation has an important place in the development of an artistic or scientific line of endeavor. One who is interested in following such a line needs to observe what constitutes a notable work of art, a poem, a piece of literature, or a scientific invention. But if one stops at observation, he will never contribute much to the world so far as artistic and scientific production is concerned.

Only the application of what has been gathered from observation and the diligent practice of special knowledge can make an artist, an author, or an inventor, or fit one to branch out in creative activity. Many people shun the discipline of a truly productive life and are content to take the easy path of nonattainment.

Observation of the healing works accomplished by students of Christian Science is not enough to make one a healer, even though this may increase his faith in this Science. To be content to let others heal the sick and unhappy and sin-ridden does not fulfill the demand for action which Christ Jesus made upon his disciples (Matt. 10:8), "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils."

Would You Be a Practitioner?
December 12, 1964

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