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From the August 1914 issue of The Christian Science Journal

IN the twentieth chapter of the second book of Kings we read that King Hezekiah, who seemed to be sick unto death, was given this command through the prophet Isaiah: "Set thine house in order." Being thus thoroughly aroused to his condition, he prayed to God, and as a result the prophet brought him this message: "Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee."

The common experience among home workers and those in business is to begin and end the day by a general clearing up and readjustment, so that the work at hand may proceed with as little jarring and interruption as possible during the busy hours. We all know what confusion and loss of time results when this plan is not followed. The woman who leaves one task unfinished to take up another, rushing hastily about, usually finds by noon that nothing has been really accomplished, and she herself is in anything but a peaceful and orderly state of mind. At the end of the day, if things are not put in their places, the morning dawns with not only its regular duties but a sense of yesterday's neglected work looking one in the face. When this tendency becomes a habit, the whole household suffers, and the disposition and appearance of its members are liable to reflect the same characteristics.

What is true in a household is equally evident in any place of business. The shop which attracts the best class of customers is the one where order is the law first, last, and all the day; where even the busiest hours find no confusion, because the proper adjustment of wares and the training of the workers render such a state of things unnecessary. To call to mind these well-acknowledged facts of daily experience would be mere triteness were it not that important metaphysical lessons can be learned from the most commonplace observations, when once we are alert to correct every thought-habit that keeps us from manifesting the perfect activity of divine Mind as understood in Christian Science.

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