Exercise of Right Thinking

The word "exercise" is defined in part as follows: "A putting into use, action, or practice. ... Exercise in the ordinary sense is the easy, natural action of any power."

With this definition in view, it is interesting and inspiring to see how our Leader employs this word in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." On page 393 she says: "Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action." We are to put into use and practice, into easy, natural action, "this God-given authority." Study of this passage awakens one to the activity and force of right thinking, and also to the fact that this true and correct thinking is natural and easy.

Does not exercise imply regularity of conscientious performance? Physical exercise certainly means this to the athlete, and spiritually mental exercise must mean this to the Christian Scientist if he is to overcome the claims of sickness and sin. He must exercise alert, active, right thinking all the time and under every circumstance. This scientific thinking is spontaneous, never laborious, and it heals sickness now as surely as it did when Jesus employed it.

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