Humility—A Key to Independence

Pride and humility are opposites. Pride is a false sense of self which includes a fear that perhaps we shall not always do the right thing at the right time, a fear that someone else may get the credit, a fear of what people think of us. Humility, on the other hand, is an inner quiet assurance that God is governing and caring for every detail of our lives. Humility never condones wrongs but never condemns the individual. It is forever independent of personal opinion. And it commands respect.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes: "It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we shall presently 'hold to the one, and despise the other.'" Science and Health, p. 182; Does this not challenge us to examine our thinking and see how we most often identify ourselves? Is it with pride or with humility?

We learn in Christian Science that as we see our true selfhood at one with God and demonstrate it, we are able to overcome fear and pride. We must be alert to think of ourselves as Jesus did when he declared of his spiritual self, "I and my Father are one." John 10:30;

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