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WHAT CAN I DO?

From the October 1942 issue of The Christian Science Journal


What can I do? This is a question men and women all over the world are asking today: What can I do to help in these times of national and international crisis?

There is no limit to what each one of us can do. No person, community, or country is exempt from the responsibility of constructive doing; and constructive doing, whether individual or collective, is based upon constructive thinking. No one is unimportant before this great challenge of civilization; no one can assume the attitude, "It's none of my affair," or, "Let someone else do it;" no one can be absolved from his important share in the establishment of justice and right in the world.

Spiritual right thinking, or prayer, is the primary essential. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p.1), "Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind." Each day, each hour, each one of us can pray. Each one can also watch and work and take the human footsteps that are indispensable in the fulfillment of right endeavor. And we can sacrifice or purify self. Complacency, indifference, laziness, fear, and confusion have no legitimate place in our thinking; but God-qualities— humility, intelligence, gratitude, and love—belong to us by right of inheritance; and these are, indeed, constant prayer.

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