“What are you struggling against, right now?
What lies beneath this resistance, this fight?
What would happen if you let go,
if you practiced surrender and acceptance instead?
Who would you be without your struggle?
How would you, and your life, change?”
I was intrigued by the above quote so I looked up the word “struggle” in Mary Baker Eddy’s writings and found a very different sense of it. She advocates an embrace of the struggle instead of the relinquishment of it, as you can see in the following quotes:
“The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer.”
“If men understood their real spiritual source to be all blessedness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace;”
“Man’s enslavement to the most relentless masters — passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge — is conquered only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood.”
“The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one.”
“We can rejoice that every germ of goodness will at last struggle into freedom and greatness, and every sin will so punish itself that it will bow down to the commandments of Christ, — Truth and Love.”
But Mrs. Eddy also says these things below, which approach the sense of the top quote. Let us see beyond the struggle to an underlying essence that has already arrived!
“When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but Thine, be done!” — that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love.”
“When human struggles cease, and mortals yield lovingly to the purpose of divine Love, there will be no more sickness, sorrow, sin, and death.”
“Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts!”