Be a good porter!
Watching is something we do all the time. Sometimes we watch TV. Sometimes we watch Mom bake cookies. I like to watch my dog play with her toys!
In Christian Science Sunday School I learned about another kind of watching from a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. It says, “Stand porter at the door of thought” (p. 392). A porter is someone who stands by the door and lets people in who are supposed to go in. A porter also keeps people out who aren’t supposed to go in.
So what does it mean that you are like a porter at the door of your thoughts? It means letting in only thoughts that are good and true—thoughts that come from God, because God is good.
Watching what you’re thinking keeps you safe, just like watching for cars when you cross the street. Watching the thoughts that are coming to you also keeps you happy, like the feeling you have when you’re with good friends.
One time, someone I loved very much died. Every time I thought of him, I felt sad because I couldn’t see him anymore. It made me cry sometimes. I forgot all about being a porter. Instead of listening to comforting thoughts from God, I let in sad thoughts telling me that what I loved about my friend was all gone.
Then I remembered that I could stand porter and watch my thinking. I wanted to be a good porter and let in only true and happy thoughts about my friend.
I learned in Sunday School that Life is another name for God. And since God is always present, Life is always right here, too. God never stops being the only Life or causing all the good in my friend and me and everyone. So I realized I could let in good, happy thoughts that told me that my friend’s kindness, helpfulness, and fun were still here. They are always present, just like God—qualities I could express and see in others and remember about my friend. And this made me happy instead of sad.
I started watching everything around me very closely, just like a good porter. I watched the man who bags my food at the grocery store. The helpfulness that I loved in my friend was expressed by the bagger, too! And every time I laugh, I know that it’s the same joy in me that God is still causing in my friend.
Watching my thoughts and being a porter helped comfort me. And even though there are times when I still wish I could talk with my friend, I don’t feel bullied by the sad thoughts anymore. Instead, I’m busy feeling happy as I let good thoughts come right in the door of my thinking.
Each day, there are lots of thoughts that come to us, whether we’re playing with our brother or sister, doing homework, or hearing our mom and dad talk about things going on in the world. And each moment, God will help us know which thoughts to let in and which thoughts to shut out.
Will you be a good porter, too?