Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Taking Charge of Thoughts ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Taking Charge of Thoughts ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Article excerpt

Some kids I know used to play a knock-knock game when they were little. To play it, you get something that you pretend is a door. A book maybe. This is supposed to be the door to your mind.

Then someone says, "Knock, knock," and you say, "Who is it?" A voice says, "I like being friendly." Or maybe, "I don't want to hang around with you." And you have to decide to open the door and let in the thought, or keep the door shut and keep the thought out.

The way to decide is to think about God. If the thought is a good one, it is from God, and you open the door and let it come in. If the thought is dishonest or selfish or hurts someone, you know it isn't from God and you don't want to let it in your mind. So you keep the door shut.

Even if you're too old to play that game now, it's still important to watch what's getting in the door of your thinking. Because what we're thinking gets into our life. Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," said to "hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts" (pg. 261).

Thoughts and ideas are all around us. The images on TV, the words to songs on the radio, the things kids talk about at school. Actually, God is sending us thoughts all the time, too. Which ideas do you want to let in?

Good thoughts, thoughts from God - like kindness, honesty, confidence - act like armor. They're strong and protect you from anything bad. Good thoughts are also like a magnet. They attract other good things to you. Most kids want to be part of what's good, and so they want to be with you.

But there are other thoughts, too. Thoughts of selfishness, fear, and hatred. Do you want these inside you? Science and Health talks about bad thoughts being like "wandering pollen" (pg. 235). Pollen is really fine dust from plants that's in the air. Like pollen, bad thoughts can land in your thinking almost without your noticing it. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.