Constructive Thinking

There is perhaps no work which Christian Science is doing to-day of more vital interest to every one than the awakening of men to the importance of watching their thinking. Taken as a whole, mankind has come down the ages paying comparatively little attention to its thoughts. Because it has understood little of the power of thought, it has supposed it could go on without giving much if any heed to whether it was mentally contemplating good or evil. Carelessly it has allowed itself to drift hither and yon, without much concern as to what direction its thinking might be taking.

Men have supposed that their acts were what principally determined their character. If they could maintain an appearance of right living, they have believed their thoughts were all hidden and powerless. Jesus, however, said plainly, "There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known."

In accordance with Jesus' teaching, Christian Science shows with perfect clearness that thoughts are of vast importance—that they always have either a constructive or a destructive tendency; that thoughts always precede acts, and when held they produce after their own kind, bringing forth in experience and living results corresponding to their own specific nature. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 213) Mrs. Eddy has written, "Of a man it has been said, 'As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;' hence as a man spiritually understandeth, so is he in truth."

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April 24, 1926

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