Repeating and Defeating
by Doris Evans
Our beloved Leader, in speaking to a group of her students at a time when they needed encouragement, said, “Do not be discouraged, dear ones. The work is not hum-drum, it is growth. It is repeating and defeating, repeating and defeating, repeating and defeating.”
Have you perhaps grown discouraged because the results you are seeking have not come quickly or easily? Then it might be well to consider the words of our Leader, and find out what the motive is for getting rid of the trouble.
If we are looking for a quick fix, and a continuation of the thought processes that allowed the trouble to develop in the first place, then Christian Science is not for us.
However, if we are willing to recognize the need for change, and understand that change takes effort, we are ready to start on the path to freedom that Christian Science offers.
Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health: “The human mind must be stirred to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.”
Dropping old habits is never easy, but if our desire is to understand God and be of service to Him, He will sustain us as we learn to discipline our thinking. Then it will not be thrown off when error starts to scream its noxious lies that would cause us to forget the great blessings that God has already bestowed upon us. Wallowing in the mud of evil’s unholy suggestions of ingratitude, resentment and depression, culminates in lack of love for God and man, and defeats every holy purpose one may have cherished.
Science and Health advises, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.”
Jesus invoked the law of God, and it was instantly effective in healing discord of every kind. He healed the sick and raised the dead, because he held to the Truth, and walked steadfastly with God. Nothing could throw him off. His faithfulness gave him great power to do good.
In the words “repeating and defeating,” Mrs. Eddy was showing her students the need for persistent effort if they were to overcome evil’s aggressive (but powerless) claims. Seeking to do God’s will, always blesses man.
Healing Thoughts No. 33 contains a gem that relates closely to this issue: “All the forces of God’s universe are cooperating with the man who seeks to do God’s will.” (George H. Moore)
Mrs. Eddy established a great movement through her steadfast love of God, and obedience to His precepts. She has given us the way to a better life, if we will follow her loving instructions.
And, so, dear one, if you seem to be beset by fearful odds, don’t give up and go back to error. Remember, as one of our hymns concludes:
“Behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above His own.”
(Hymn No. 258)
You are “His own,” and God is here, lovingly watching over those who sincerely seek to serve Him.