At the time Christian Science...

At the time Christian Science was accepted by me I was profane vulgar, extremely critical, and flippant in my speech. I had also smoked a pipe for thirty years. I had not been studying Science very long before I discovered that profanity, vulgarity, and flippancy had completely left me. I have had my hardest fight in overcoming the tendency to criticize; I feel that I have made much progress in this direction, but I know there is still considerable work to be done.

I had expected that some marvel would take place relative to the tobacco habit and some day my lips would say, "I am all done with a pipe," but nothing of this kind happened. I had reached a place where I very earnestly desired to be free from the use of tobacco, and when I read an article in one of our periodicals which emphasized the necessity of taking human footsteps, the thought came to me that perhaps that was what I needed to do. I immediately took the pipe and tobacco and laid them on a shelf. Placing my head against the shelf, I said aloud: "O God, I want a clean mouth. I want it so much I am ready to suffer for it if need be." For two days I had a testing time, but inside of a week all desire for the pipe was gone, never to return.

The Breaking of the Day
November 11, 1944

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