At one time when I was employed...

At one time when I was employed in a business which I disliked very much and in uncongenial surroundings, I remarked, "This country is not pretty; nothing to look at but sagebrush, and the hills are so barren." But the newcomer to whom I spoke answered, "It is beautiful if you look far enough!" This reply made a lasting impression on me, for mountains on which the snow lay all summer were in plain view, and less than a mile away were two rivers with trees along their banks.

Then thought was directed to Mrs. Eddy's statement in Science and Health (p. 261), "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts." Self-examination brought to light the reason for my dissatisfaction, for had I not been looking at the underbrush and barren soil of materiality instead of lifting thought above the shifting sand to the realization of these words: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help"?

The consciousness that God's child is always where God wants him to be, brought the understanding that the business was God's, and that He was able to manage it. A Christian Science practioner took up the work and I was helped by the thought that "when false human beliefs learn even a little of their own falsity, they begin to disappear" (ibid., p. 252), and also (Miscellaneous Writings by Mrs. Eddy, p. 307), "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies."

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February 27, 1943

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