What a difference in our human experience when existence is looked upon from the right standpoint instead of from the wrong! The right standpoint is spiritual; the wrong standpoint is material. Viewed from the right standpoint, existence appears as the simple fact of divine being, in which we continuously experience joy, health, abundance of infinite good. Viewed from the wrong standpoint, existence seems unexplainably confused. The good that we feel should be rightfully ours appears mingled with, and often dominated by, sorrow, discord, ill-health, and poverty. Happily, each one of us has the opportunity to take the right standpoint.

Through Christian Science we learn to use the lens of spiritual understanding to determine what is the right standpoint and how to take it promptly and with conviction, once we waken to the possibility and the joy of making the change. Describing the effort of those who have thus awakened, Mary Baker Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 206), "The real Christian Scientist is constantly accentuating harmony in word and deed, mentally and orally, perpetually repeating this diapason of heaven: 'Good is my God, and my God is good. Love is my God, and my God is Love.'"

When the seeker for Truth first learns that Love is his God and his God is Love, he begins to feel an enlarging measure of security and a growing conviction that at last his life is on a solid basis, that he has indeed taken the right standpoint. As he repeats "this diapason of heaven" in thought, word, and deed, he finds that he is building his spiritual house, or consciousness, upon the rock, where the rains, the floods, and the winds of human experience beat in vain. As he thus grows in grace, he comes to see that this growth is not fortuitous, but inevitably follows his scientific application of divine law to his own experience.

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November 13, 1954

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