Are We Sure that Good Is Going to Triumph?
by William P. McKenzie
Is it possible for one individual to have any influence in saving the world? Are we just helpless and hopeless in these days of confusion, or is there truth in the saying that every little bit helps, no good act is performed in vain?
Psalm 67 says, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; that Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations.” The beauty of progress in Christian Science is a knowledge that every man can aid the world in its efforts for deliverance from evil.
We are living in a time when the whole world is greatly troubled. How can we be of use to those who are afraid and hopeless, and do not know where to turn for help?
We say to a little child, “Don’t be afraid.” Let’s be like that little child, and say calmly, “Don’t be afraid,” because we know in our hearts that God is Love, and recognize that no evil can befall those who find their refuge in the Most High.
We can be workers and prayers on the right side. We can bless those who curse us, pray for those who despitefully persecute, and hold to the hope of blessing for all mankind.
Right doers are as holy seed, implanting ideals of good conduct, giving testimony that what is right is supported by God.
Good workers can live with themselves in calm of confidence, and such joy of kindheartedness, that they become peace-bringers to others.
Mrs. Eddy asks a searching question in Science and Health: “Are you willing to leave all for Christ, for Truth, and so be counted among sinners?”
This comes to us at a time in the world’s history when nothing is of great value save Christianly living and Christlike courage. Jesus prophesied nations in commotion, and “men’s hearts failing them for fear;” but he also revealed the fact that God’s fatherlike love rules, and divine wisdom guides those who know they are God’s children, and are faithfully obedient to divine Mind.
The thoughtful Christian must see that it is not outward things, style of dress and formalities of conduct, which establish his confidence in God’s caring. He must feel in his heart, the mercifulness of God, and be able to show mercy to mankind, and even to love his enemies, as Jesus did, in his Sermon on the Mount.
Mrs. Eddy tells us, “The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and enables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.” (S&H)
We have all been affected by mortal mind dreaming, the sense of being pursued, and barely escaping out of the nightmare into the freedom of peaceful thinking. We can rise out of this thralldom of the senses into the full goodness of justice, appreciation, and kindness.
It is important to avoid errors which will disrupt life for ourselves or others. Anger, for instance, lessens a man’s value; carping and criticism diminish the one who is finding fault. We should have warm hearts, glowing kindness, ability to refresh and renew others, and by being good to mankind, we increase our own health and gladness. The needs of people are identical. They are all seeking peace of mind, rest from anxious cares, and should have that joy of heart that goodwill produces. Isaiah has said, “The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”