Steadfastness

From the Christian Science Sentinel, October 17, 1925, by


How admirable is the quality of steadfastness! Even the most thoughtless will unite in commending that which never swerves from the right, but which clings to good in spite of every attempt to unsettle it. Steadfastness is always needed if one is to be successful. It has been said that “the secret of success is constancy to purpose.” Steadfastness might also be said to be a necessary accompaniment to every other virtue; for without this element each virtue would lack that which is essential to its perfection.

In order to be steadfast one must be absolutely convinced that the thing for which he stands is right and true; for no one can continuously support something in which he has not fullest confidence. True steadfastness, therefore, must be fixed in God, divine Principle, since only in absolute, perfect Principle can be found that which is reliable and true, that which makes for security and strength, that which satisfies completely and permanently every holy desire and exalted purpose.

To the Christian Scientist the desire to be steadfast is born very early in his efforts to demonstrate the rules of the Science of being, and he soon sees that steadfastness must go with him all the way. He quickly recognizes that without this valuable quality even his highest purposes would fall to the ground, unsupported and unfulfilled. He knows that the desire to keep his every thought, word, and deed true to God must be held to steadfastly or no right fruition will result.

In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 261) we find a very illuminating statement from Mrs. Eddy. There she writes: “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.” Here is a commandment and promise which is already familiar to every earnest student of Christian Science; and while all have obeyed in some measure and received a commensurate reward, there is still much to be demonstrated with this demand as the foundation stone.

To “hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true” is a tremendous requirement and a tremendous opportunity and privilege. Never to falter or swerve from the incessant and insistent acknowledgment of God as infinite good; never to allow an argument of error to turn one aside for a moment from the purpose to honor God at all times, under all circumstances—this is the work which all Christian Scientists can and must accomplish.

Now this activity of steadfastness that our precious Leader has thus pointed out is something to be entered upon with greatest joy. To keep thought constantly associated with God, to be thinking continually the thoughts which belong to divine good—this is without question a privilege, beautiful and satisfying beyond comparison. All who have even attempted to be thus loyal to our great and mighty God, to our Father-Mother, who is all-Love, have been themselves benefited beyond what they yet realize, and at the same time they have helped all the world; for it is quite impossible to think a good thought steadfastly and not have good thereby become universally more real to the human consciousness. In “Miscellaneous Writings” (p. 252) Mrs. Eddy tells us: “Right thoughts are reality and power; wrong thoughts are unreality and powerless, possessing the nature of dreams. Good thoughts are potent; evil thoughts are impotent, and they should appear thus.” Surely, then, to hold steadfastly to good thoughts must be to unite one’s self with all the power there is!

Now this holding of thought steadfastly to good should be and is divinely natural and divinely simple; but to prove this true, we must love God so supremely that—in spite of every evil argument to the contrary, and without any thought of what we shall personally gain thereby—we shall dwell steadfastly, steadfastly, with God’s good thoughts, just for love of Him and them! Then it must follow, as surely as day follows night, that the beliefs in evil will disappear in the irradiance of good understood, adored, and demonstrated. Then we shall certainly be able to speak with authority to every claim of evil. Because of our steadfastness in dwelling with “the enduring, the good, and the true,” we shall have become so convinced of the all-power and all-reality of good thoughts that the supposititious nature of evil thoughts will be instantaneously realized.

What a goal is this to work for! What a privilege to cling steadfastly to good until all evil shall have been proved unreal! Then let us always remember the admonition of Paul, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”




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