Staying awake all day long

It was a warm sunny day, and the attention of the children in the classroom was anywhere but on the lesson. So the teacher said to them: "Come on, now. Pull up your socks!" And they all bent down and obligingly pulled up their socks! The teacher's intention, of course, had been simply to rouse the children, to make them listen more alertly to what was going on in class.

Very often in life we all need to be told to pull up our socks— and to obey intelligently: to listen more alertly to what is going on in thought. The material senses, posing as our real identity, may say, "I have a cold" or "I don't feel well." If we are not careful, we may accept such thoughts as true.

At this point some readers might ask, "Well, what is true?" This question is answered in the first chapter of the Bible. It tells us that God, Spirit, has made man, both male and female, in His image and likeness, and it closes thus: "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Gen. 1:31. And the New Testament gives us the Lord's Prayer, which begins, "Our Father." Matt. 6:9.

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Remain in peace
June 23, 1986

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