Putting First Things First

Each individual has the jurisdiction over his own thought. He may be busy in a shop, a factory, or in some other of the many occupations in which men are enlisted, but whatever may be his circumstances at the moment, he is master of the situation in so far as his own thought about it is correct. He has at all times the God-given right to think productive, righteous thoughts about himself and everything that may appear on his individual mental horizon.

Mrs. Eddy has written (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 159), "The true thought escapes from the inward to the outward, and this is the only right activity, that whereby we reach our higher nature." This true thought, escaping "from the inward to the outward," determines our prosperity, happiness, environment, physical condition, friendships—in fact, the harmony of our outward circumstances.

Christian Science urges everyone to see to what extent he is entertaining God's ideas so that these ideas may bring forth their own manifestation in human experience. A spiritual idea must bring forth fruit, for God's law concerning it is, "Be fruitful, and multiply." These holy thoughts abound in the Bible, especially in Jesus' teachings; they are also to be found throughout the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy. Any earnest student, any aspirant for good, can lay hold of them, stick to them persistently, and tenaciously insist that they bring forth fruit after their kind in his daily life. Entertaining a spiritual idea in spite of the pushing and urging of human arguments will bring an abundant fruitage of good.

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