One's office in a human sense is the headquarters from which one transacts business. Usually it is a room or several rooms, having furniture, doors, and windows. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 392), Mrs. Eddy tells us to "stand porter at the door of thought," and when discordant conditions are present to perform our "office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears." By this we perceive that there is a mental office equipped with a door which may be likened to the door of the closet of prayer, typifying "the sanctuary of Spirit," of which door Mrs. Eddy says on page 15 of the same textbook, "Closed to error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa." It surely has windows open to the heaven of inspiration. It is furnished with everything needful in extending its activity and influence. Such, indeed, is an appropriate office, from which may proceed the only real business, the business of reflecting God.

The truth about office, then, is not that it is any particular location or place, but that it is a function or service; and as we concern ourselves more with the function and less with the place, our demonstration of office will become more perfect. As in the freshness of each new day one contemplates one's opportunities for service and accomplishment, there may be and should be daily elevation of thought to more exalted heights of reality. False beliefs should be cast out as nothing, and thought opened to the truth and prepared for the reception, employment, and utilization of right ideas.

Using What We Know
January 21, 1933

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