Of mountains and challenges and spiritual vistas

When we see challenges as a call to grow in our mastery of Christian healing, we begin to enjoy rising to the demand.

The name of a mountain I have skied is Challenger, and I can testify that it's well named. The first time I looked down that mountain I thought I'd never ski it. When I did attempt to, I thought I'd never make it. But I kept at it until I gained confidence, and soon I became quite proficient in skiing this mountain. It was a delightful challenge and became easier each time I went down. Now I've gone on to more difficult mountains.

The challenges we have in demonstrating and living Christian Science are, of course, seriously important. Yet meeting them does have something in common with a skier's mastering a mountain. Ongoing, progressive demonstration of Christian Science also takes diligence, confidence, and continuous practice. If we keep practicing and proving the truth, we gain faith in and understanding of the truth. Mrs. Eddy says, "The song of Christian Science is, 'Work—work—work—watch and pray.'" Message to The Mother Church for 1900, p. 2 .

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