Contemplation of Good

"O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation"! What a happy outlook on life had the Psalmist when he sang this song of praise to God! His thoughts were turned away from materiality to the contemplation of spiritual things; and always when he turned his thoughts to the greatness and goodness of God, there arose expressions of hope, joy, and praise.

Jesus the Christ laid down the rule by which our thought and effort should be directed when he said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." One of the meanings of seek is "to try to acquire or gain." If we earnestly and diligently try to acquire that which is rightfully ours,—namely, that which is good,—there is no power that can prevent our laying hold of or reflecting those attributes which bring the realization of the kingdom of God. Turning away from self and the material concept of life, which place thought and aspiration on a mortal, material foundation, we become aware of that spiritual consciousness which is the reflection of God, good.

Many students of Christian Science have come face to face with these queries: How can I acquire this truth that heals and saves? How can I eliminate the material from my thought, and seek "first the kingdom of God"? Jesus said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." He spoke of the little child's purity of thought, of its innocence and freedom from lust, envy, hate, and all the other malevolent attributes of sinning mortal existence. All these human impediments must be cast aside for the pure thought which seeks only that which is good and real. "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts," says Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 261). If we think, as the little child, only those thoughts which reflect "the enduring, the good, and the true," constantly denying the existence or reality of anything unlike good, our consciousness will then reflect the attributes of God, and man will be found in God's image and likeness.

March 10, 1928

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