Obey, and Watch Your Thinking
by Florence Roberts
Christ Jesus warns, “Watch and pray” (Matt 26:41), and Mrs. Eddy cautions us to “Stand porter at the door of thought.” (S&H, p. 392) What an eye-opener to know that we have control of our thoughts and can learn to discipline our thinking!
We do this by accepting and claiming the Mind of Christ, as our true mind. We do our best to obey God’s laws, and exercise the dominion God has given each of us to overcome wrong thinking.
When we learn that God is only good, we also must know that no wrong thought can come from a loving Father-Mother. Instead of accepting negative thoughts or ignoring them we must rather ask, “Is this thought from God?” The answer should be simple because no wrong thought has its origin in God, good, and must be rejected instantly.
In Romans 12:2 we read, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Paul’s caution here tells us how important it is to renew our thinking, citing the impact of our thoughts on our lives.
In the past, not knowing what to do with wrong thoughts made me either ignore or entertain them. The accumulation of such thoughts convinced me they were my thoughts and were real. This consistent wrong thinking resulted in constant anxiety and sadness. When physical challenges appeared, I found past experiences, some physical reason, or the weather to blame. What I have learned and continue to practice through Christian Science, is to watch my thinking, challenge and discard any wrong thoughts, and replace them with the truth about my true being as a reflection of God, therefore spiritual, and immune to the false suggestions of sickness and disease that come.
It makes perfect sense that in Science and Health, on page 425, we read: “Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.”
The same wrong thoughts come to all of us, everywhere, and pretty constantly. But thanks to Christian Science, no one needs to remain under their false suggestions or their supposed power. We can have God reign in our hearts and thoughts! Mrs. Eddy lovingly gives us our protection, to “Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.” (S&H p. 495)