Tobacco and Liquor Habits Destroyed

With a grateful heart I acknowledge the multiplied blessings I have received through the teachings of Christian Science and the study of the text—book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." My wife's thought had been earlier directed to the Truth for a chronic affection of the eyes, and 'seeing the benefit she was deriving, although entirely uninterested myself in the work which was bringing out happiness where for years misery had reigned, I wished to help her with a copy of this text—book, which I accordingly procured. This, for me, proved to be "God's opportunity," for with what, from a human standpoint, might be called curiosity, but which I now recognize as the prompting of divine Love, I opened the book and glanced at its contents. From this moment my journey out of material belief into spiritual understanding commenced. Having tasted of the water of life I thirsted for more. The scales began to fall from my eyes, and I was learning that "Man is spiritual and not material" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker G. Eddy, p. 464). I then experienced a pleasure in the study of the Scriptures that I had never known before. Its precepts, illumined by the (to me) new thought revealed in our text—book, began to destroy the error of mortal sense almost before I realized it.

I had been a tobacco smoker for upwards of twenty years; nothing but the very strongest mixtures and brands seeming to satisfy this so—called taste. It was entirely destroyed within four weeks from the time I first saw Science and Health; and although two years have passed I have never had the slightest desire for tobacco in any form since. For even a longer period I had been addicted to the use of intoxicating drink and profane language, with social habits in organizations that kept me from home four or five nights in the week. These also have been destroyed through the application of the Truth taught in this remarkable book. My thought, actions, and aspirations have turned in a completely opposite direction. My home is harmonious, my business has lost its worry, and things that I once thought of the highest importance to my prosperity have now lost their force. My one desire is to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus," earnestly striving for that mind to be in me which was also in him.

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