The Right Attitude

How many times do we find ourselves questioning and doubting the efficacy of our prayers, at times we are almost confident that we have asked for that which is unattainable; and how frequently do we find ourselves in that state of consciousness which prompts us to say, "I am sick," "I am unable to do what others do," and so on through the entire range of uncertainty and discouragement. We forget that in making these declarations we are working against our own right desires and denying the harmony and sufficiency of God's creation, the permanence and availability of His watchful care.

What would be thought of a traveler who continually declared his inability to proceed, or of a mechanic who persistently decried his ability to do the work assigned him. The one would make but little progress toward his destination, the other would soon find himself without employment or support, yet they would both be quite as consistent as the Christian Scientist who is but halfhearted in his declaration of God's allness, and of the immutability of the Christ-truth which fulfils all prophecy, and brings to humanity salvation and peace.

We need a more confident and constant trust in God, a keener sense of our call to "stand porter at the door of thought" (Science and Health, p. 392), a clearer realization of our ability to do all that we should do, and to say no, when we are tempted to enlist our thought and speech upon the side of error. We must bring to the solution of every problem the confident assurance and assertion of the power and reality of Good, and the consequent nothingness and inevitable destruction of the belief of evil. We must stop making declarations of limitation, and think more persistently of the unlimited manifestation of infinite Mind.

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A Hindrance to Progress
March 7, 1903

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