Removing the Label

I had been studying Christian Science only a few months when I learned a wonderful lesson. This came during a period when my whole experience was being changed. I was enjoying better health, friends, and environment as the result of reading Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy.

I was in a college dormitory that had previously been all-freshmen. Most of the advisers were actually younger than the upperclassmen on my floor. Sometimes the situation seemed comical, but other times I let suggestions of their immaturity and irresponsibility bother me. One individual in particular seemed to me loud, sarcastic, and silly, and I daily grew to dislike her more. Then one evening there was a party given by an adjoining dorm that lasted until two in the morning. A whole bunch of the girls, headed by this one, whose voice had now become all too familiar, seemed to be whooping it up right outside my window. Resentment poured into my thought as I began to feel justified in all my conclusions about her.

As these feelings made me increasingly unhappy, I knew something had to be done. I had not progressed far enough yet in Christian Science to really know how to treat the case, but I was sure God would show me the answer if I listened expectantly.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Richie and the Practitioner
December 18, 1976

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.