Humility—the first step

There's more to humility than outward meekness. Humility, at root, has to do with our relationship to God and how we approach Him.

In order to succeed in any endeavor, the first step you take must be placed on a firm footing. Failing to do so, you may be forced to retrace your steps later in order to gain the solid base needed to reach your goal. This same requirement holds true in gaining an understanding of the Science of Christ.

"Experience shows that humility is the first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love," Miscellaneous Writings, p. 354. writes Mrs. Eddy. Humility is generally associated with one's not being haughty or egotistical. But as used here, the term has a more encompassing meaning. It means a spirit of submission to God, a willingness to give up the belief of a personal mortal mind and to acknowledge the fact that there is but one Mind, God.

The greatest example of humility is seen in the life of Christ Jesus. Humility epitomized the life of our Master. His consciousness, fully imbued with the Christ, was permeated with humility. As the humble Son of God, he refused to take personal credit for the healing works and wonders he performed. He always gave God the credit. Once when he was addressed as "good Master," he replied: "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." Mark 10:17, 18.

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And obedience fills my net
July 27, 1987

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