What we really need is wisdom, clearness of perception;...

Boston Times

What we really need is wisdom, clearness of perception; and herein lies the great benefit of Christian Science to the business man. It clarifies the mind, lifts the cloud of fear, anxiety, and indecision, improves the judgment of its beneficiary, thus rendering his perception more keen. We think it will be generally acknowledged that if one's vision is clear, and if he understands the right course to pursue, he is assured of prosperity in every way. Solomon, then, was right when he prayed for "an understanding heart;" also when he said, "And with all thy getting get understanding." A Christian Scientist trains himself to seek the divine guidance, and yields thereto. And why not look to God as the only source of wisdom, since all that we have, are, or can hope to be is of Him; for man in his normal state is the image and likeness of God—the manifestation of infinite intelligence.

One of the principal dangers in praying for material things is that of erring in judgment. We are likely to ask for that which we really ought not to have, for that which would in reality be an injury to us. Therefore, we can do no better than to heed Jesus' admonition, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." If we enter the divine kingdom by placing ourselves under the control of infinite good, we can safely leave to His wisdom the question of our material supply. It is quite true that an ardent Christian Scientist carries with him an atmosphere of hope and trust which benefits all who come in contact with him, and which must necessarily wield a most powerful influence over his employes and associates, not because he personally affects them, but because his consciousness of Truth purifies his environment.

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