Taking Inventory

The end of the calendar year is inventory time for many businesses. Without an accurate account of stock on hand, it would be impossible to produce an informative balance sheet; the result of the year's activities would be largely a matter of guesswork.

Often the year-end analysis of a business extends to policies and practices. Have they been successful? In what way can they be improved? What procedure should be adopted for the coming year? These analyses and decisions need to be intelligently arrived at in order for a business to forge ahead.

We may not call it taking inventory, but in all our activities we are constantly at the point where our own achievements must be evaluated. Christian Scientists ask themselves what spiritual unfoldment has increased their appreciation of Christian Science during the past year. How much has their ability to detect and effectively handle the claims of animal magnetism been quickened through greater spiritualization of thought? How much of their true spiritual selfhood as sons of God has been discerned and demonstrated?

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January 2, 1965

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