Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Don't Be Afraid to Start ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Don't Be Afraid to Start ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Do you ever feel frustrated because you can't see how to follow through all the way to finish something that seems such a right thing to do?

I used to feel like that pretty often - until the morning I learned a valuable lesson from fog. You don't have to see all the way, I discovered. You just have to start.

I was living on the East Coast of the United States at the time, on the harbor front of a small town. My boat partner and I had planned to take our 16-foot power boat on a picnic cruise to our favorite off-shore island. It was an easy five-mile trip, and on a clear day you could see all the way there. The trouble was, this wasn't a clear day. The harbor was fogged in solid. We could barely see the headland that defined the entrance. We thought perhaps we shouldn't go.

But then, almost in unison, we said "Wait a minute! We can see the headland. Why not go that far, and then see what we can see!" So that's what we did.

After we made it the 30 yards or so to the harbor entrance, sure enough, from there we could see another 30 yards to something else we recognized. And then another 30 yards to something else. And then another something else. Finally, we reached the island, where we climbed to the highest point - and suddenly we were above the fog.

There ahead of us stretched a glorious view, all the way home!

This little adventure has served as a useful metaphor ever since. As long as our purpose and motives are right, we don't need to be afraid to start on any good endeavor.

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, provided this powerful assurance in her textbook, "Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures": "The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should.... and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way" (p. …

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