Alertness

The great truism, "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," carved deeply into the hearts of men more than a century ago, should be heeded to-day. As a nation must ever be on guard, so the Christian must ever be alert to protect himself from the invasion of evil suggestions, the destroyers of health and harmony.

We learn in Christian Science that God is Mind; that Mind and its expression is all that really exists; that God is good; and that all thoughts emanating from God must necessarily be good also. Then man, being the image of God, receives all good, including intelligence, through reflection. It follows that evil thoughts, or beliefs, do not proceed from divine Mind and, consequently, that they cannot be real, since they have no true origin: they cannot be the reflection of Mind. A wrong thought seems to have power only because it appears to be real. The Christian's duty and privilege is to be ever awake to detect all wrong thoughts and to allow them no place in his consciousness. Belief in evil thinking is so common, however, that it does not at times seem easy to destroy it in individual experience. The persistency with which evil claims recognition must, therefore, be met with great persistency in the acknowledgment of good as the only real presence and power.

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