That persistence is a quality essential to success in any endeavor, all will agree. It is a quality indispensable in the practice of Christian Science. Persistence in the study and application of Science, coupled with a deep sincerity, brings into our experience the progressive unfoldment of Life, by which we demonstrate with increasing clarity and power God's omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscence. This is true progress.

This desired progress, or apprehension of spiritual reality, can be gained only through spiritualization of thought. How does one spiritualize thought? By persistently turning from things material to the contemplation of spiritual qualities and by constantly endeavoring to bring out these qualities in our daily living. It is through the quiet, yet active, realization of the presence of Spirit that we abide in His goodness. Paul lists some of the qualities we are to contemplate if we would spiritualize our thinking. He says in his letter to the Philippians (4: 8): "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be an praise, think on these things."

Think on these things! Such thinking lifts us into a more exalted atmosphere, removes thought from self and the consideration of material ease to the contemplation of Spirit and of Spirit's essentially perfect creation. It fosters a desire to glorify God and to help our fellow men. Thought not instructed in Christian Science looks for a life of ease in matter. It looks for quick success in matter, based on a belief that the accumulation of material wealth is success and that once it is achieved one may accept an early retirement from active service and lapse in to a life of indolence. Christian Science erases this solely material view and demands a radical change in thinking. It leads one to forsake the basis of matter, to build on the sure foundation of Spirit, as Jesus did.

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