God; incorporeal and eternal Mind; divine Principle; the only Ego.
Mary Baker Eddy
To live through the prism of humility
When I was in high school and becoming earnest about my study of Christian Science, I had a conversation with my dad one day about humility. Dad said that he’d found the trickiest thing about making progress spiritually is either the temptation to think one is becoming more spiritually advanced than others, or is not spiritually advanced enough to experience healing. He warned me to stay alert to the egotism of thinking that spiritual understanding is personal and comparative.
My dad also pointed out an article by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this magazine. It’s called “The Way” and is in her Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896. Mrs. Eddy had this to say about humility: “This virtue triumphs over the flesh; it is the genius of Christian Science. One can never go up, until one has gone down in his own esteem. Humility is lens and prism to the understanding of Mind-healing; it must be had to understand our textbook; it is indispensable to personal growth, and points out the chart of its divine Principle and rule of practice. Cherish humility, ‘watch,’ and ‘pray without ceasing,’ or you will miss the way of Truth and Love” (p. 356).
Another instructive example of Jesus’ humility appears when a man came to him with an important question. “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” “Good Master” is such a simple greeting, but was Jesus perhaps guarding his own thought against the pride that could tempt a healer? Jesus gently directed the man back to acknowledging God. I believe that Jesus was alert to even the most innocuous appeals to personal goodness. He was refusing to be seen as the source of good, because God is the one and only Source.
Again, in the garden of Gethsemane, the Bible shows Jesus still facing down human will, or the ego, and still praying for humility. Science and Health describes it in this way: “When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: ‘Not my will, but Thine, be done!’
I returned to the idea that scientific prayer isn’t ever about proving anything to ourselves, or seeing what accomplished healers we are personally. In this instance, I just turned to God with all my heart to help both this young woman and myself feel God’s gentle presence.
We can’t help but see health and wholeness for everyone because this is what our Father sees. No one person has a higher stake in spirituality. True humility sees everyone as humble—and through the prism of humility, everything grows brighter.
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