I walked into our public library recently to discover that the card catalogs had been replaced by small machines. "No!" I thought. "I was happy with the way the old system was set up!" Resentful of the change, I was also, to be honest, a little afraid I couldn't understand how the new machines worked. Suddenly I realized that these anxieties were associated with growing old.
I am what the wolrd would consider young; yet I recognized that I was falling into a trap of limited thinking. I feared change and insecurity, feared that I could not progress with others. "Welcome to old age!" I told myself as I stood there gazing at those machines and examining my thinking.
But I soon realized I could put a check on mental aging. And the time to begin was nowm -- not 20 years down the road. What I needed was to understand and prove the ever-revitalizing power of God. If I would daily acknowledge God and my inseparable relationship to Him, and live in obedience to His law, I could not grow old in thinking.
There was a woman who certainly proved this power of God. When she was 87 years old she founded this newspaper. The woman, Mary Baker Eddy,n1 strove constantly to bring her actions into line with Christ Jesus' teachings. Deeply studying the inspired revelations of the Bible, and practicing Christian healing , she also endeavored to communicate in the Christian Science textbook what she discovered -- that man is God's immortal offspring; that he is not born into matter, given a few years to live, and then sentenced to death. Man is the immortal expression of God. He simply cannot be material, but must be spiritual.
n1 Mrs. Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.
Mrs.Eddy states in this textbook -- Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesm -- "How unreasonable is the belief that we are wearing out life and hastening to death, and that at the same time we are communing with immortality!"n2
n2 Science and Health, p. 78.
We cannot actually be running out of life, for God is Life. And if God is Life, we, because we are in reality His spiritual reflection, are never approaching death.