"In this place"

FREQUENTLY one hears it said, and is sometimes tempted to accept the saying as his own, "If I were just differently situated,—if I only had a more congenial place to live, or a better place to work,—I am sure I would progress more rapidly;" or, "How can I be happy or do my best work in this place which I dislike?" or, "How can I be healthy in a climate which depresses me?" The Christian Scientist will recognize these erroneous suggestions as the effort of so-called mortal mind to excuse its own lack of accomplishment of good, by placing the responsibility upon something outside of itself; and in this instance it would seek to shift the responsibility to what it calls "place."

What is place? Is it a geographical location or a material environment? Is there more of omnipresent divine Principle in one so-called place than in another? The answer to these questions may be found in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. On page 269 of this textbook we read, "Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul." By resolving "things into thoughts" it may then be seen that "place" must be defined in terms of mental activity, and then it becomes plain that each one of God's ideas expresses that activity for which it was made manifest. Mind places its own ideas. Thus man, God's idea, is held forever in his proper place, always expressing God's purpose.

"Consider the lilies"
August 21, 1926

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