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From the February 1965 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Have you ever thought what a joyous thing song is? Mary Baker Eddy, the beloved Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in her Message to The Mother Church for 1900 (p. 2), "The song of Christian Science is, 'Work—work—work—watch and pray.'" She does not say, "Toil—toil—toil—worry and fret," but, "Work." And she tells us this work is a song, not a breathless, frustrating, exhausting experience, but a song, an acknowledgment of God's all-presence, all-power, all-science, so joyous and strong and pure that it coincides with revelation and results in demonstration.

As we contemplate the opportunities and tasks which God appoints for us as Christian Scientists, let us ask ourselves what it really means to be a Christian Scientist. Indeed, there is no greater calling. It is not enough to be a businessman, a wife, a mother, a musician, or a lawyer who is a Christian Scientist. The demand of Principle is to be a Christian Scientist first and foremost, a Christian Scientist who is a businessman, a wife, a mother, and so on. And there is a vast difference! Christian Science can take no secondary place in our lives. To be a Christian Scientist twenty-four hours a day is a full-time career and will bring recognition and success into our every walk of life. But there are no shortcuts. Everything we do must be to glorify God, not to gratify self.

Being a Christian Scientist brings with it wonderful foresight, quick discernment. It requires us to recognize the true motive and discard the wrong. The real Christian Scientist makes every situation an occasion to demonstrate Christian Science, to prove the allness of good and the nothingness of evil.