Jesus gave us the clue to healing ability, spiritual success, and fulfillment: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." john 12:32; How is this accomplished? The answers are multiple. Certainly the living of the spiritual ideal in all of the minutiae of the daily round is of paramount importance. Referring to divine Science, Mrs. Eddy tells us crisply: "We have it only as we live it." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 126;
Spiritual growth is fostered by the continual feel and acceptance, deep in one's consciousness, of the great love exemplified by our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, and by our Leader, Mrs. Eddy. Do our eager interest in the welfare of our fellowman and genuine love for others who may seem bound in hatred and frustration express our consecrated living of the spiritual ideal?
A friend of mine and her husband were about to separate after several years of marriage. The wife felt there was no possible way to mend the situation. But then her thought was lifted to unselfed love, without a single mental reservation. Using for groundwork in thought the biblical passage that depicts God as "the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" James 1:17; and Mrs. Eddy's statement "God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love," Science and Health, p. 503; she made a fresh start. Meals were prepared with great love. Beds were made with a sincere willingness to be useful. Shopping was attended to with enthusiasm rather than with a heavy, hopeless sense. Washing and ironing were done in compliance with the admonition of Paul, "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Col. 3:23;