"...tired of falling into traps..."?

Choosing the Right Food for Thought

"To a mouse," points out Wendell Johnson, "cheese is cheese. That is why mouse traps are effective." Of course, the cheese is cheese, but if the mouse recognized it as bait, he wouldn't be so eager to bite. The bait, no matter how appetizing, is the quick and easy route to the trap.

What is the bait that leads to the trap of disease and ill health? It is whatever lures our unwatchful thought into nibbling at a morsel of pride, indulging in a tidbit of revenge, harboring a scrap of malice. Feeding thought with unhealthy crumbs of envy, ingratitude, criticism, selfishness, and self-righteousness leads to uncomfortable traps of loneliness, uselessness, sickness, and disease. However, the sickness that appears to trap us is no more real than the thoughts that would claim to produce it. We learn this through Christian Science, which shows us that in reality God is the only Mind. Reasoning from this premise, we can heal physical ills along with the sick thoughts that seem to be their source.

For those tired of falling into traps just because the lure seems so appealing, Christian Science supplies a positive answer. It shows us how to recognize the difference between false attraction and enduring substance. It enables us to discriminate between the unreal and the real. It does this by revealing what God is. As we begin to understand what God is and discern man's relationship to Him, we find it easier to discipline ourselves to reject false attractions.

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November 28, 1977

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