Refuse to be a dummy

Jesus called the devil—or false consciousness—"a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44; A Christian Science lecture I heard a number of years ago added another description—one I have liked so well I have been using it in healing ever since. The synonym is imp, short for impostor. This is the alias for error, or devil, I happen to find most helpful.

Every student of Christian Science knows what a persistent scoundrel the impostor seems to be and that he has to work out an individual approach to facing up to its lies. Imp used to perch on the foot of my bed with a waking thought—such as, "You are not as young as you used to be" or, "It's a lot harder now for you to get cranked up and get going" or, "Why not goof off today?"

I put an end to this domineering by the impostor with the help of a simple device: on a five-by-three file card I printed this question, "How is it with Him this morning?"—Him, of course, being my Father-Mother God. This card I leaned against the dial of my bedside clock, which is the first thing I see when I open my eyes. "Why," I could answer, "everything is perfect with Him. Therefore it has to be the same with me, since I am an individual, changelessly perfect expression of Him."

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Flowers of Bethlehem
March 12, 1979

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