To be worthy of companionship one must be companionable; that is, as a dictionary expresses it, "fitted to be a companion." In considering this problem, the student of Christian Science might ask himself the following questions: With what thoughts have you been keeping company? What mental guests have you been entertaining in your home? Have you been going around with gloom and discouragement? If so, you have been entertaining thieves and robbers.

Have you gone through the day with self uppermost, thinking only of food and raiment and the next amusement? Then you have been shutting yourself behind a prison wall; for what concord has self-love with friendship? Mrs. Eddy says on page 552 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Mortal theories make friends of sin, sickness, and death; whereas the spiritual scientific facts of existence include no member of this dolorous and fatal triad."

Have you been keeping company with the past, with its loneliness and failures, your own unworthiness, and tracing the reasons for your present plight? Then you have been dwelling in the dark cave of depression, where no light is; so who could be attracted to that dwelling? Did not the Master say, "Let your light ... shine"? And, referring to the Christ, he said, "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." The lifting up comes by seeing one's true self as God has made it, the full expression of positive good. Analyzing negative qualities which have induced a wrong condition will never heal it.

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Right Thinking and Right Acting
January 11, 1936

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