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Overcoming Time

From the April 11, 1970 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


Because in this modern world the pace is faster than the one our ancestors were accustomed to, people are continually being warned about untoward physical results if they fail to "slow down." If we are not to be swept along in the current of mortal thought and dominated by time, the demand is that we rise superior to the tension and hurry around us.

An Indian chief once remarked to a friend of mine, "You're a slave to your watch. You look at it and rush to a train for the office. You look at it again and rush to lunch. You look at it again and rush back. Later you look at it and rush home. You're a slave to time!"

But Christian Science teaches us we do not have to be slaves to time. Time is powerless to govern or drive us. We can peacefully do certain things when it is right to do them and not merely because time requires it. We are not servants but masters of time. This applies to those with deadlines to meet in their work and also to the many who are required to accomplish an assignment in a given period. They can learn not to be diverted from their tasks but to enjoy whatever they are doing. This attitude spells relaxation and dominion. One who knows himself as God's child is always bigger than an assignment, hence never tested beyond his ability. We meet assignments successfully when we think less of what we have to do and more of what we have to do it with, even the limitless intelligence of infinite Mind, which man reflects.

Many of us are saying, "I don't need to hurry," and are proving the statement to be true. Really, it is important to our well-being to know that God is All and to acknowledge that this one intelligent Mind is governing all things. Yes, it is more important to make this acknowledgment than it is to rush around insisting that something we feel is essential should be done. The acknowledgement requires disciplined thought, but it pays large dividends in keeping us unhurried and poised. We then let God's law of the unopposable unfoldment of good govern us. Understanding that our limitless ability is in truth God's expression, we rise superior to the pressure around us.

Sometimes, because of our experiences, we find we are allowing hurry, tension, and pressure to drive the secretions of the body, upset its functions and organs, and induce ailments. But when Truth, Life, and Love are motivating us, we are at peace; and uplifting, spiritual ideas illumine our consciousness. The result is good for the body, which then manifests health and harmony.

Many ailments can be overcome through our listening to the divine Mind and resisting mortal mind's attempt to push us around. We find that the motivation of divine Mind is restful and harmonizing. Christ Jesus, through his constant expression of the Christ, has shown us the way of immunity to the aggressive, driving arguments of mortal mind. Being aware of his oneness with divine Love, he was able to declare, "He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." John 8:29;

We are beginning to see through and beyond mortal mind's argument that time must move us to decisions. We work not merely to get something done but to be efficient and inspired. A scriptwriter being driven by a superior to complete an assignment by Thursday asked him, "Do you want it Thursday or do you want it good?" That sentence has become a byword in show business. And it has merit for all of us. Undisturbed by pressure, we lean upon God's government and overcome rush and hurry. This ensures better performance, for inspiration and intelligence are moving us to accomplishments.

It is always through intelligence that we achieve. What we need, then, is not time but intelligence. We may know that as God's reflection we have it in unlimited measure. God's ideas include all the right ideas of infinite Mind and the power to express them clearly as needed.

Whether it is a difficult human relationship, a complex business situation, or a physical problem, we do not need to accept mortal mind's claim to duration. We should expect the quick demise of error's suggestions, remembering Jeremiah's wonderful promise regarding false images, "They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish." Jer. 10:15;

Sometimes when we are close to fruition, evil may assert itself vociferously, although, in reality, it is ready to yield, as the Revelator observes: "Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Rev. 12:12;

Our striving should be for clear thinking. Disciplined, spiritualized thought is conducive to inspiration. How we pray, not for more time, but for moments of inspiration! One period of spiritual illumination or divine inspiration has often made a person's entire career more productive.

There is also much to learn regarding time from this definition given by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which reads in part: "Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error." Science and Health, p. 595.

Being confronted with time signifies being confronted with mortal measurements, limits, or errors. Actually, we do not desire more time, more mortal measurements, or limits but more intelligent methods of accomplishing spiritual progress.

Many of us have seen in Christian Science that we are to do more than master time. We face the privilege of so overcoming it that delays, inefficiencies, limits, and errors are ruled out of our thoughts—and consequently out of our lives.

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