Fast food and a quick fix?

If you travel from one city to another in the United States today, you often see the same gas stations, stores, and fast-food places. Things seem to be set up to get you on your way as quickly as possible. While such convenience may help travelers, in one of my moments of solitude I asked myself, Have I been putting myself in a fast lane where spiritual growth is concerned? Do I approach spiritual inspiration as though it came from a fast-food chain? Do I read quickly through the Bible Lesson outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly, then rush into another day's activities, feeling I have satisfied my immediate need?

Words in Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy have stimulated my thought about these questions in fresh ways: "Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality" (p. 242).

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