Plato's assertion, "What thou seest, that thou beest," is a truism which might be further rendered, What thou seest, that thou doest, or havest, or makest—as exemplified in the attainments of the statesman, the inventor, the artist, the writer. The one who companions with worthy thoughts and motives assimilates them, himself growing naturally into greatness and majesty. Likewise, though not always in the constructive sense, the character and prospects of the individual and the nation are determined by the nature of the ideals molded and entertained in consciousness.

Jesus once said: "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. ... Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." True success, the study of Christian Science shows, is the outcome of God-governed thinking and acting. There can be no failure for the one who apprehends the fact of good's omnipotence and allness and of man's part in the universal harmony as the perfect, complete, and spiritual reflection of God, and who consistently abides by this fact in all his thinking and undertakings. There are throughout the world today many thousands who, previous to their reception of Christian Science, had accepted the disheartening verdicts of unenlightened mortal belief—sickness, disability, unemployment, old age, partiality, limited opportunity—and suffered because of these convictions until the truth, set forth in Mrs. Eddy's revelation, radically altered their old beliefs. In learning to reason from the standpoint of Spirit, perfect creator and perfect creation, they have found that health, freedom, right activity, longevity, and affluence have been the definite fruition of such thinking; and they have realized the invincible truth contained in these words from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 298): "As a cloud hides the sun it cannot extinguish, so false belief silences for a while the voice of immutable harmony, but false belief cannot destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and fruition." Fear of failure, bleak pessimism, or hopelessness cannot weigh down and impede those who are learning to claim as rightfully theirs "faith, hope, and fruition."

The Christian Science Monitor
September 24, 1938

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