The discipline that forwards healing

Discipline is generally regarded as, at best, less than pleasant. Having been a career officer in the United States Navy, I am familiar with the various aspects of military discipline. As a student of Christian Science, however, I have learned that the spiritual disciplining of thought can be every bit as demanding as any form of military discipline—and it's of far greater importance to one's well-being.

There is a higher sense of discipline that is realized as we gain a better understanding of God and our relationship to Him. Then we see how important it is to guard our thinking against the intrusion of unwholesome thoughts, thoughts that would deny our unity with God and cause suffering. To perform this "guard duty"—to put out the images of disease, sensuality, and so forth, and let in God's pure thoughts—requires a continuous devotion to that purpose. Such firm commitment, willingly undertaken, requires a discipline of the highest order! And yet the blessings we derive from such consecration are manifold.

A prayer for rescue answered
May 1, 1995

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