Sharing Christian Science with integrity

I have been thinking about dedication recently, and two incidents in my own experience came to mind.

I was invited to play golf at a members-only golf club with a doctor, a lawyer, and a prominent businessman. In the clubhouse after the game, I was asked, “What do you do?” Thinking these folks would not be interested in Christian Science and not wishing to embarrass myself or my host, instead of saying I was a Christian Science practitioner, I replied, “Oh … I do a bit of work with the homeless.” They asked some questions about this work, and then made laudatory and congratulatory comments, but somehow I felt diminished. While I hadn’t lied (I do do a bit of work with the homeless), I hadn’t shared the whole truth—the truth of what I do as a profession.

I recalled the words from the Gospel of St. Mark concerning Peter’s denial of Jesus: “And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept” (14:72).

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August 14, 2017

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