“Mr. Dickey if had lost your way around a road that was winding and treacherous and found it again would you not have profiteth by that experience?”
Mary Baker Eddy
From the May 18, 1918 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
To be a true Christian Scientist demands consecration on our part and a closer walk with God. We cannot waste our opportunities and at the same time defeat the enemy. We cannot divide our interests between God and mammon. “The devotion of thought,” Mrs. Eddy says, “to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible (Science and Health, p. 199). There is no excuse for a Christian Scientist to indulge in one moment’s delay or to idly wait for something to turn up. There is plenty of work for us all to do, and we should be at it early and late if we expect to accomplish definite results. The spirit of Antichrist which is abroad in the world is not going to yield readily in this warfare. Mortal mind’s selfishness, greed, and avarice have too long held sway over mankind to relinquish it without a fierce struggle. It is our privilege to show that organized evil, even though it be carefully thought out years in advance in preparation for its present supreme effort, is powerless when opposed by the understanding of the omnipotence of God, good.
The battle is on to-day, both mentally and physically, and we are in the midst of it. “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” God makes demands upon us now, daily and hourly demands, and we must be ready to bear our share of the burden. To meet the present onslaught of evil requires devotion, application, and determination on our part. We do not have to wait for error to assert itself before we begin our operations against it; we must go right on getting ready. Success is not an accident; it is an achievement that can be won only through striving.
In Christian Science there are no calamities; what seem to be calamities are but so many opportunities. Preparedness means getting our thought ready for the work that lies before us. If we are ready, we shall not have to ask anyone what to do or how to do it; the right thought will come to us wherever we are, and we will go on to certain and everlasting victory. God is Mind, and Mind is the author or the creator of ideas. Whenever we are in difficulty there is a way out; but this way must first present itself to us as an idea, and by following up the idea we gain our liberty. We must see that it is the idea and the use we make of it that liberates, and not the material means which we employ.
There is nothing about an idea that makes it the exclusive property of any person. It does not conceal itself, but lends itself in every possible way to an easy acceptance by the one who wants to entertain it. What we all need then is ideas—right ideas. The one who can entertain a right idea is rich. When an idea begins to work in human thought it produces therein everything that is necessary to its own perfect development. Wisdom manifests itself through ideas. Hence God, divine Mind, is always present, giving to each one of His ideas the power of expression, expansion, and development.