Two important Christian qualities, which Mrs. Eddy also strongly emphasizes, are patience and watchfulness. They can easily be relegated, however, to a forty-winks, easy-chair, feet-on-the-footstool mode. Calm vegetation might be a cozy modus operandi to some for patience and watchfulness, but passivity is an almost iron-clad guarantee that spiritual progress isn't being made. It may even be a breeding ground for more insidious forms of error and false belief.
The Student's Reference Dictionary, an abridgment of the "American Dictionary of the English Language", which Mrs. Eddy is said to have used, gives in part more active definitions of both patience and watchfulness. One definition of patience is: perseverance; constancy in labor or exertion. And of watchfulness: vigilance; suspicious attention; careful and diligent observation for the purpose of preventing or escaping danger, or of avoiding mistakes and misconduct. Doing a better job of embodying the Daily Prayer is a good place to start each day in our demonstration of salutary patience and watchfulness.
Note to Helen: Regarding the title of this blog, it is probably obvious that it comes from Luke 5: 5-6 (KJV). More accurate translations say torn or ripped, but the point is the same. It is certain that I have yet to fulfill my duty to become a fisher of men whose net, first of all, has been filled and who, secondly, is able to bring the catch ashore without the net breaking, as exemplified in John 21: 6-11. Mrs. Eddy gives an inspiring explanation of these two events in Miscellaneous Writings 111: 4-14. This blog offers in its way my modest thoughts on how I (and perhaps we Christian Scientists) can do better and be a more faithful fisherman in obedience to my Father-Mother God and the Master Christian.