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Being Practical
HARRY E. DELASAUX


         We can have no assurance of the practicability of a thing until it has been tested by ourselves or someone in whom we have confidence. Then we know that it is practical. When a mechanic turns out an intricate piece of machinery, he has no doubt but that it will function properly. Every part of it has been carefully adjusted and tested. When finished, to his mechanical eye it is a complete whole, and he will vouch for its practicability.

         The mechanic must be practical or he will never be able to produce practical things. The navigator in mid-ocean would be in a sad plight were he not practical. Corporations, financial institutions, factories are not governed and operated according to theory; their officers must be practical, experienced, and efficient individuals, or these concerns would soon be forced to close their doors. The housewife, the educator, the clerk, all find it necessary to be systematic and practical in carrying on their daily affairs.

         It is a mistake to believe that in order to be practical one must be material. Our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, tells us in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 420), "Truth not error, Love not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man." And since Spirit is God, good, good alone governs rightly. This confirms the truth that the practical way to do anything is essentially the right way; that the practical life to live is the good life.

         Science, in ordinary parlance, is accurate knowledge of a subject of which the results of investigation and demonstration have been systematized. Linked with the word "Christian," which relates to the professing or following of the religion of Christ, we have presented to us a highly practical religion — Christian Science, a religion which teaches that the only governing power is the one divine Mind, God, and that if we place reliance upon Him, whether it be in matters concerning our business or domestic affairs, the healing of physical or mental ailments, the overcoming of discordant thoughts or impulses, our problems will be solved, our false beliefs exterminated, and our mentality cleared of all thought of envy, hatred, and jealousy — in brief, of all evil beliefs. Mrs. Eddy beautifully emphasizes the practicability of Christian Science on page 98 of Science and Health, where she has written, "Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science."

         The Bible states that in the beginning "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." With this blessing bestowed upon man, why should we be subservient to mortal beliefs? Why should we allow ourselves to be governed by fear and hatred? Why should we be the slaves of avarice and greed? Only because we have not yet grasped the knowledge of man's God-bestowed birthright of dominion, not subjection — the knowledge that "now are we the sons of God." The practical way of acquiring this knowledge is by close study of and strict adherence to the teachings of the Master, as recorded in the Scriptures and unfolded in our textbook and the other writings of our Leader, together with the authorized Christian Science literature.

         Through Mrs. Eddy's unselfish devotion to her great and noble work and her constant and untiring search of the Scriptures for this great truth, she has given to mankind for all time an ever available, never failing, therefore practical method of healing the sick and enlightening and reforming the sinner. For this, countless thousands are daily, yea hourly, yea unceasingly, expressing their gratitude, not alone in words, but in deeds, in rising above the theories of so-called mortal mind, in realizing the nothingness of matter, error, in the practical application of the great divine Principle, Life, Truth, and Love, to the solution of their daily problems, whether they be physical, moral, or spiritual.

 

"Being Practical" by Harry E. DeLasaux
Christian Science Sentinel, February 13, 1926
 

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