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Humility

From the October 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal


A ray of light, not a doormat, is a good symbol for humility. A ray of light can exist only in conjunction with its source. It never operates alone. It is always the expression or emanation of its source. In the same way, true humility is expressed by man, who is dependent on God, Mind. The spiritual and perfect man of God's creating is indeed the emanation and expression of his creator. He manifests and reflects the divine qualities. He has no intelligence, life, or existence apart from his Father.

The individual who understands such humility finds that it is not enfeebling but ennobling. It gives one who practices it inspiration and increased capabilities. Maintaining a conscious dependence on Mind, he is reassured by the support and strength he feels. Turning to Mind for inspiration, he finds ideas flowing into his consciousness from an inexhaustible source, enabling him to manifest originality, inventiveness, creativeness.

Christ Jesus preeminently demonstrated the lovely quality of humility. The New Testament records in several passages his recognition that he was not the power which was responsible for the remarkable works he performed. His constant communing with God, listening to his Father, enabled him to do his work. Even from boyhood he was about his Father's business, and throughout his life his aim was to do his Father's will.

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