Overcoming Time

Because in this modern world the pace is faster than the one our ancestors were accustomed to, people are continually being warned about untoward physical results if they fail to "slow down." If we are not to be swept along in the current of mortal thought and dominated by time, the demand is that we rise superior to the tension and hurry around us.

An Indian chief once remarked to a friend of mine, "You're a slave to your watch. You look at it and rush to a train for the office. You look at it again and rush to lunch. You look at it again and rush back. Later you look at it and rush home. You're a slave to time!"

But Christian Science teaches us we do not have to be slaves to time. Time is powerless to govern or drive us. We can peacefully do certain things when it is right to do them and not merely because time requires it. We are not servants but masters of time. This applies to those with deadlines to meet in their work and also to the many who are required to accomplish an assignment in a given period. They can learn not to be diverted from their tasks but to enjoy whatever they are doing. This attitude spells relaxation and dominion. One who knows himself as God's child is always bigger than an assignment, hence never tested beyond his ability. We meet assignments successfully when we think less of what we have to do and more of what we have to do it with, even the limitless intelligence of infinite Mind, which man reflects.

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April 11, 1970

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