The value of practice

Can spirituality be practiced? Where and how do we begin?

Someone inquiring about Christian Science may ask, "What is meant by 'the practice' of your religion?" "What are you practicing?" A good answer might be that practice is putting prayer into action. It is knowing and proving God's ever-present law of universal good. Practice is the proof that God embraces humanity and uplifts and guides our lives.

Our daily encounters with others, whether in business, home, or church, provide an excellent proving ground for practice. Why is this true? Because in these activities we learn the value of spiritual understanding, discipline, and love and the human need for them. We also find a necessity for a greater depth of affection and alert watching. In these contacts we discover there should be a balance between reading, or the study of the Word, and the all-important practice of the Word—the evidence of it in our lives. The contemporary world becomes our workshop, whatever our assignment in life. It is not the mere mouthing of words that counts but the total willingness to exercise compassion, mercy, and forgiveness—the qualities Christ Jesus so generously expressed to friend and foe alike.

We can choose life
April 4, 1988

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