Only God Outlines

The wastage of time through futile, negative thinking is enormous. Much of this is willful outlining for the future for oneself or others, imaginative planning, building air castles, scheming, all quite outside the quality of wise foresight native to intelligent being.

A businessman had been offered by his company an attractive position in a city outside his homeland. It would necessitate, so it seemed, the removal of his home and family, with resulting disarrangement of long-laid plans. What should he do? He turned to Christian Science, as he had done in other problems. He was helped by a practitioner to see that the only sure way to be guided rightly was to look away from mere human reasoning, which, though sometimes helpful, is very often fallible, and to place his entire trust in God, Spirit. Mind. He was encouraged to search out the spiritual fact as to man's place in God's creation.

God, infinite Mind, he began to realize, necessarily orders His universe of ideas so that every idea therein is forever intelligently placed. "Order is heaven's first law," and order requires every idea to be wisely placed, and to be constantly conscious of its place. Mortal mind's lie, that it makes a material universe filled with mortals, often unplaced, misplaced, or displaced, is wholly false, and cannot confuse or disturb the consciousness of God's man. Lying material sense alone presents and supports such suggestions.

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The Genuine Man
September 11, 1943

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