About three years ago, while reading an article in The Christian Science Journal, I found this definition of consecration: "Absolute right thinking about every individual, circumstance, and condition." This has served to correct my thinking and has enabled me many times to resist the temptation to indulge in criticism or condemnation, and I am grateful for it. Mind's revelation of the truth of being has been very beautiful in my experience, and I am happy to have this opportunity to share some of my experiences with others who may be reaching out for an understanding of the divine Life.
Soon after I began the study of Christian Science I realized that it called for full devotion, and countless times, as I studied the Lesson-Sermon given in the Christian Science Quarterly, I prayed, "Keep mine eye single, O God," for my faith far exceeded my understanding at that time. I have seen my prayer answered, and I pray that my growth in understanding may be used for the glory of God.
When my name was placed on the list of substitute teachers for the Sunday school I was assailed with a sense of incompetency. One morning, as I entered the church before service, I was asked to take a class in the Sunday school. My first response was, "Oh, please try to get someone who knows more about Science," and I went on into the church. Then I realized that God alone gives opportunity for growth, and these words from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy came to me (p.385): "Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself." I realized that I had been asleep when the call came, and declared that if this opportunity were again presented I would go forward, knowing that Mind alone was the instructor. Immediately an usher appeared at my side asking me if I would take the class, and I rose joyfully to take my place for the first time in a Christian Science Sunday School. This work has proved to be one of the most enriching experiences of my life, and Mind has indeed continually supplied all things needful.