"Moulding and chiselling thought"

In striving to teach her followers needful spiritualization of thought, Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 248), "We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiselling thought;" also, "We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives."

To establish in thought a model of spiritual perfection must indeed be the supreme desire of all who would apprehend and manifest the Christ. The so-called human mind, with its imperfect, disappointing models, we are only too familiar with; and it is only as we weary of these illusive, dissatisfying presentations, that we become ready for something better. So long as we cling to the rags and tatters of personal sense, with its external and specious allurements, we cannot find the Christ within. The very instant, however, that one wearies of the fleshpots and desires to find God for himself, the voice of Truth, patiently awaiting this change of thought and newborn aspiration, bids him come up higher.

Trained from earliest childhood, as many of us have been, to look to matter for everything desirable, there may be at first a sense of bewilderment, not knowing where to seek for guidance. The Bible may be proposed; but unaccustomed to study its pages, one hardly knows how to use it. If, however, this good impulse prevails, and the message contained in the Book of books is faithfully sought, one may turn to John's gospel as one of the most familiar. There he will learn of another seeker who knew not how to go, to whom the Master himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." That is plain enough; and it points out the way-the one way. There is no choice to be made between differing paths, thus involving indecision; there is only the one straight road. And since this way of the Christ is preeminent, it must be followed closely. It is comforting to recall this turning point in one's life,—the lifting of thought to the allness of God, the beginning to reason from the basis of Spirit instead of matter.

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June 28, 1924

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