A Practical Advantage

Boston Times

THE Scriptural text, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent," made very little impression upon me until through Christian Science, I began to have a definite understanding of God and to apply it to the every-day affairs of life. I can now understand that existence becomes secure and substantial in exact proportion as we understand God and His likeness, and in our conduct conform thereto.

The saying, "I get along all right so long as I am myself," is quite common. This remark is more comprehensive than one may think. To be one's self in the full sense is to be what God intended,—His own image and likeness. To be Godlike means to be free, intelligent, and clear; to be calm, peaceful, considerate, wise, and strong. We learn in Christian Science that it is possible to improve in all these virtues. With a knowledge of this Science it is possible to dispel the clouds, to overcome grief, sorrow, sadness, disappointment, discouragement, dissatisfaction, despair, and to be buoyant, hopeful, and mentally clear. In such a state of mind we are well prepared to enter upon the duties and cares of the day; our steps are likely to be careful and firm. We are less apt to be taken unawares by a sharp word; and we go through the day successfully and triumphantly, thus verifying the Scriptural teaching, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee."

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