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The discipline of Christian discipleship is love—a love that flourishes in the face of challenge.

Socrates apparently believed that patience was true wisdom in times of marital annoyance, and he had an opportunity to practice what he preached. He had a rather challenging wife—Xanthippe by name. Discussing some lessons to be learned from their experience, Mrs. Eddy writes in the chapter "Marriage" in Science and Health that Socrates made "his Xantippe a discipline for his philosophy." Science and Health, p. 66.

It would be natural to assume that anyone genuinely serious about an honest pursuit for the benefit of mankind would be willing to have an adequate number of Xanthippe experiences, so to speak—as "discipline for his philosophy." Talents, ideas, serious pursuits—commitments of any sort—require opportunities and tests that strengthen and prove them.

November 30, 1987

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