“Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can ‘run, and not be weary;…walk, and not faint,’ who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement.” (Science and Health, page 254)
Our consistency and growth in good does not follow some formula or timeline of perfect human steps and behavior. We shouldn’t be judging our spiritual understanding or our success in life based on what others may appear to be doing or saying. Our demonstration of the active presence of God is uniquely ours, and that is what makes it so right and honest and powerful.
Our progress is not based on speed. In fact, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves—ahead of the practical and right instruction that brings us true and lasting light. We are meant to appreciate the journey and enjoy thoroughly each of its guideposts and inspirations, the angels of each new day and each new phase of discovery.
Don’t be discouraged. At times, you may be called to really go, go, go on your walk in Truth. You may feel led to climb quickly and with joy to the top, singing all the way. At other times, you may need to slow down, smell the roses, ponder their beauty, wonder about their thorns, and get closer to God in each quiet moment. This slow walk isn’t ignorance or laziness, if it is impelled by the consistency of a right desire to know God better, and ourselves as His beloved children and heirs of His precious promises.
Enjoy your customized instruction. It is preciously yours and so it is just right!
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