"Love is at the helm of thought"

Students of Christian Science are constantly finding in the study of their Leader's writings rare gems of thought, which, when pondered, prove of untold blessing to themselves and others. On page 113 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy says, "We have nothing to fear when Love is at the helm of thought, but everything to enjoy on earth and in heaven."

A meaning of the word "helm" is the place or post of direction; and this brings to thought a ship with one on watch at the helm, his gaze directed across a wide expanse of water, his hand ready to give notice to the engine room of any least necessary alteration in speed. So strict is the lookout, and so important, that hardly anyone may speak to the one at the wheel. Should weather conditions arise which are unfavorable, stricter vigilance than ever has to be kept. Even in good weather the helmsman has to keep very wide awake, for should he allow the vessel to go out of her course disaster might ensue.

It is simple to use this analogy in our thinking. Is personal activity, personal direction, or personal responsibility directing our lives? If so, the net result will be much to fear, and little to enjoy. If this seems to be our outlook, let us at once try to reverse it—and lo, a miracle! Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 135), "The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order;" and this will be our experience when we succeed in subordinating our will to Love's will and Love's way.

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Gideon the Warrior
April 2, 1927

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