Truth Practiced

In "No and Yes" (p. 1) Mrs. Eddy advocates "the silent cultivation of the true idea and the quiet practice of its virtues." "The true idea" to be cultivated can be nothing less than that "spiritual idea emanating from the infinite," seen in the first glowing glimpse of man's true relation to God, as now and forever His own image and likeness. Our Leader says again in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 258), "Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God."

Faithful contemplation of man's oneness with God, eternal Life and Love, leads to the habitual conforming of thought and action to this standard, brings joyous conviction, and the ability to meet each day's demands intelligently, lovingly, successfully.

The tumult of these changing times demands of the Christian Science worker careful "cultivation of the true idea," because such prayerful thinking goes out into the world as a healing and redeeming influence. Among the "virtues" calling for "quiet practice" is persistence in weeding out thought habits that would choke the unfolding spiritual sense. We need to acquire the habit of turning instantly from suggestions of personal advantage or personal failure to that Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus," for he said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: ... I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."

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July 18, 1936

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