Close that door!

If someone leaves the door open during a storm on a wintry night, or when we desire privacy, we shout: Close the door! Useful as such security is, a more fundamental protection is provided when we are wise about when and to what we open the door of thought.

This door is mentioned by Mary Baker Eddy in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany. She writes: "Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort" (p. 210).

Good thoughts may seem a rarity when the news is full of reports of disasters and crime. But good thoughts are actually abundant, and they come to us from Mind, God. They are our protection against troubles that often result from a lack of mental self-defense. This self-defense includes a daily recognition that in truth each of us is a spiritual idea of God, always in His care. We neither harbor nor are we targets of evil of any sort. Such affirmations, understood, bring the stability of spirituality. Paul, a follower of Christ Jesus, summed it up beautifully: "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Rom. 8:6).

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September 30, 1996

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