‘Who told you?’

One day my very young son came home from school with starry eyes and not a little envy, saying, “Mom, Michael told me he has a dragon in his attic!” Naturally, I was skeptical, trying not to laugh, and knowing full well that with the normal development of knowledge my son would come to see right through his friend’s claim. Small children very quickly learn to question the source of information they receive. When their friends confront them with claimed facts, they often retort, “Who told you?”

This tendency doesn’t stop at childhood, and in my study and practice of Christian Science I’ve learned the value of considering this very question. How often when confronted with symptoms of sickness I’ve asked myself, “Who told you?” 

In this case my willingness to ask the question and consider well the response is based on a statement by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She writes: “… it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one” (pp. 82–83).

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The joy of more patience
July 10, 2017

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