When Loss Is Gain

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also," said Jesus. Every man, woman, and child is living in hourly proof of the truth of this utterance, and the only difference in the demonstration lies in the variety of the treasure. Yet, like many truisms, it may mean nothing to a man unless he has begun to seek guidance in the wisdom of the Way-shower, for he will then have taken under consideration another great truth, also voiced in the Bible, to the effect that as a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he."

Now the student of Christian Science has set about the task of bettering himself in all things. knowing that the thoughts in his heart are the causes which bring either harmonious or discordant effects into his life, he realizes the necessity for purifying those thoughts. To get his heart right is the problem; so taking as an axiom the Master's statement quoted above, he must begin to examine his treasures with the purpose of discarding those the possession of which would gratify only selfish desires. He must do this because, as Mrs. Eddy has told us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 205), "selfishness tips the beam of human existence towards the side of error, not towards Truth." Selfish treasures are, therefore, evil treasures and indicate a heart of evil thoughts, and evil thoughts produce an evil existence, which no man desires; and so it is clear that the loss of selfish, unprofitable treasures can only be reckoned as gain.

An Act of God
March 1, 1919

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