Concerning action Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 187), "The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind." This comprehensive statement of power and activity seems radical to those who have been accustomed to believe that action is a function of the human mind and of persons; but its truth can be demonstrated by overcoming the wrong sense of action, and this is being done everywhere by Christian Scientists. Humanity generally is far from recognizing this fact and equally far from practicing its truth and authority.
The carnal mind believes it has a will and activity of its own. It believes in action as being an effect of human will; and from this arises the apathetic, spasmodic, diseased, and reactionary motions which fill human experience with poverty, suffering, and death. Procrastination is one of the common elements of this carnal mind; fear and indolence are its associates. Rooted in the belief that it is a creator and controller of action, this so-called mind believes it can defer necessary action until to-morrow—or until any indefinite time. Christian Science, however, reveals the fact that mortal mind is a false claimant to intelligence and activity, and that its thoughts are but counterfeits of God's thoughts, which exist in Principle without limitation in quality or number.
As one recognizes the important fact that there is no real action but that which is in and of harmonious divine Mind, God, and expressed in His creation, it follows that in reality there can be no procrastination. Procrastination does not exist in divine Mind; it does not exist in the universe of real intelligence; it is no part of the real man. For one either to declare, or mentally or verbally to agree with the statement that procrastination is real is a mistake. To declare through Christian Science the allness and perfection of God, the divine Mind, as being the sole cause of all action, and therefore to deny the reality, power, and presence of procrastination, is to aid in destroying a robber of humanity, a thief of opportunity, of harmony, and happiness on earth.
If a neighbor or a stranger should fall in the house, in the street, or by the wayside, into the river or the sea, would we not put forth our effort and true sympathy to raise him up or rescue him? If a neighbor's house should break out in flames, would we not help to extinguish the fire and to save his chattels? If he were haled to a court of law under allegations which we knew to be false, would we not gladly testify to the truth about his character, proved by the life he had lived? If we saw robbers breaking into his house to steal money, jewels, or plate, would we not do all we could to frustrate the crime?
Then, when we note the attempt of the carnal mind to rob us or our neighbor of time, character, and true volition by asserting the reality and power of procrastination, should we not be just as kindly disposed in helpfulness, by silently denying the truth of such an effort? Does a God of justice, of "loving-kindness and tender mercies," ever induce in His child such a useless trait of character? Procrastination is generally known as a thief. If we accept the material sense testimony of procrastination as real either for ourselves or for our neighbor, be he friend or foe, then we deny the fact in Christian Science that there is but one perfect Mind, and place ourselves under the Scriptural indictment, "When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him,"—thou seest robbery of character and permittest it to go on. Surely, no one would desire to affirm that God ever procrastinates. Let us be as well assured that His man, His image and likeness, is just as free from such a lie as is the perfect Principle of all action, being, and life.
Mrs. Eddy's teachings state and restate the fact that neither evil nor its suppositional activities have any cause, place, or effect in the great universe of God. The dear love of the Father gives to mankind wisdom and patience to wait for Him to act, and then at the right moment the power to reflect His action in obedience to His purpose; but this is not procrastination. Whenever the beggarly thought of "putting off" what should be done to-day knocks at one's mental door, it should not be given the slightest vitality, or reality, or welcome.
Mrs. Eddy says on page 283 of Science and Health, "Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action." The belief of inertia, which would bind mortals to inaction or to a continuance in a wrong line of action, is in and of mortal mind, and, having no divine law to sustain it, is a false claimant and therefore unreal.
The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science also says in Miscellany (p. 12) that "faith in divine Love supplies the ever-present help and now, and gives the power to 'act in the living present.' " So, in love for God expressed in love for man, as she teaches, we have the power in Christian Science to help to destroy the belief of procrastination with its blighting effects on humanity. Since indulging this error robs the human mind of peace and success, it will be readily seen that true happiness comes from doing the loving thing of being prompt; of doing the right thing at the right time, and thereby making our present world more orderly and more happy.
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