The wisdom of safeguarding one's mentality, of excluding from it whatever would defile, is apparent from the fact that to the extent one is thinking good he is immune from evil. Watchfulness in having only good in one's thoughts is, therefore, a matter of downright common sense, of practical self-preservation, rather than of sentimental religious duty. It is a work in which all mankind are intimately and individually concerned, inasmuch as every human being has before him the goal of abiding satisfaction, happiness, peace, but which, as he knows in his heart, cannot in the very nature of things be found at the end of any evil course. Hence the Master's command, "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation,"—lest we be tempted to believe that aught but good is worth while, even on earth.

Mrs. Eddy writes, in The Christian Science Journal of April, 1904, "Our thoughts beget our actions; they make us what we are." What we think, then, is the most important thing concerning us, and the one thing which calls for unceasing attention if we would be what we aspire to be. The mental state must be guarded as faithfully, and its approaches sentineled as carefully, as camp or fortress in time of war, if we would preserve consciousness from the besetments of an evil sense. Every moment, whether he is consciously thinking of it or not, each mortal is mentally agreeing or disagreeing with the belief in a power, cause, and intelligence besides God, and is aligning himself either with the infinity of good or with the suppositional existence and activities of evil; and he needs to be vigorously wakeful to the omnipresence and omnipotence of God to be the best he is capable of being.

March 23, 1912

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