The Perfect Model

IN the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 407), "Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite." These words have a deep significance to the student of Christian Science, as he realizes that it is in his thinking progress has to be made, and that all false thought habits must be relinquished. At times this may seem to mean a stupendous effort, until he remembers the loving admonition by Mrs. Eddy, who encourages us in her book "Unity of Good" (p. 5) "to seek the divine Science of this question of Truth by following upward individual convictions, undisturbed by the frightened sense of any need of attempting to solve every Life-problem in a day."

A very helpful experience led the writer to see how this change of thought can be brought about. While visiting in a country house she saw and admired what was supposed to be an antique mirror. Shortly afterwards she herself was given a similar mirror, selected by an experienced collector. This she had daily before her for many months, at the end of which time she again visited her friend in the country. The moment she saw the mirror which she had previously admired, she perceived that it was not a genuine antique. Now what had happened? During the time between her visits she had had the genuine example daily before her, and because of this without any effort she was able to recognize the counterfeit.

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