Discipline

In contemplating the word "discipline" it is more than likely one would be led to an ordinary and uncomfortable sense of it. Perhaps it may appear disagreeable and tend to apply to some particular scene or event quite personal to the contemplator's experience. However, there is another phase of this word which means much to students of Christian Science. A dictionary definition may prove helpful: "The treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral." This comprehensive definition should be sufficient to make the student of Christian Science realize the necessity of constant discipline. This true discipline is mental, and is accomplished by proper study and practice. To discipline thought necessarily involves constant watchfulness to discern whence it comes.

"The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer." So says Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 4). This is a perfect rule whereby true discipline is attainable.

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