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Let’s be good porters!

From the June 8, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Do you know what a castle looks like? Some castles were built with moats of water and drawbridges. Many others had a big locked-and-barred door. 

If you were a person who didn’t belong in the castle, would the person guarding the door just let you come in? I don’t think so! If you wanted to get in, and were planning to do something bad, you might try to lie to trick the person at the door to let you inside. The person at the door always had to be alert.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes that we should “stand porter at the door of thought” (p. 392). One definition of a porter is a person guarding an entrance, like the person guarding the castle. A porter is a doorkeeper. To be a porter can also mean guarding the “door” of our thought. What does this mean?

It means that we should let in only thoughts that are good and true—thoughts that come from God. For example, thoughts such as God is good, and you love being good because He made you in His image. Here’s another: God is with you, and keeps you safe as you learn how to swim.


We need to be watchful porters to keep out thoughts that do not come from God. For example, sometimes a thought comes like a trickster who pretends to be your own thought, trying to sneak in through the door. The trickster uses I like this: “I am afraid.” “I am sad and no one cares about me.” Or, “I am sick and don’t feel like praying.” But those thoughts are not your thoughts. They do not come from God, and they cannot come in and make you feel bad without your permission. 

You are a good porter when you know yourself to be God’s spiritual likeness, and you find happiness in loving and caring for others. You are guarding your thoughts and you are not tricked by lies. You know that God doesn’t send sickness, because God is good. You love praying every day to feel and express God’s love. 

You can be a good porter anytime by getting quiet and being alert to the thoughts that are coming to you. Are the thoughts you are thinking from God, good? You can decide right now to let in and listen to only the good thoughts that come from God. 

You will feel strong and close to God’s love—healthy, free, and comforted—as you do this more and more. Messages from God, your Father-Mother Love, are always welcome at the door of your thought. No one and nothing can close the door of your thought on those messages.

Stand porter at the door of thought.

—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 392  

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