Cleansing Thought

[Of Special Interest to Young Men and Women]

After a summer cottage has been left empty all winter, its owners have the task of cleaning the dust that has collected during their absence. Even in the houses we live in daily, it is necessary to dust often to keep them in good order.

Like our homes, our thought must be kept in good order— free from error. Far from being merely a twentieth century concept, this theme is found frequently in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Jeremiah pleaded to his contemporaries, "Wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved" (4:11). And, hundreds of years later, Christ Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:8), "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

A college student learned the importance of cleansing his consciousness; but he learned it the hard way—by letting erroneous thoughts collect until an erroneous physical condition appeared. A member of the track team, he began to prepare for the approaching season by doing several exercises designed to put his body in top physical form. Every day he exercised, watching for an increase of muscle, and every day he dreamed of the success that would be his following a good performance at the season's first track meet.

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January 2, 1965

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