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From the October 1965 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Mrs. Eddy refers several times in her writings to the desirability, even the necessity, of bringing order into our lives. On page 87 of "Retrospection and Introspection," she writes, "Genuine Christian Scientists are, or should be, the most systematic and law-abiding people on earth, because their religion demands implicit adherence to fixed rules, in the orderly demonstration thereof."

In Psalms we read (37:23), "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." Mrs. Eddy occasionally links order to Principle. In Christian Science, Principle is a synonym for God; this term reveals the governing, law-giving aspect of His nature. As we live our daily lives in obedience to the moral and ethical requirements of Principle, our steps will indeed be "ordered by the Lord." Then we shall see in practical demonstration that God's goodness harmonizes our way.

I have long possessed a keen sense of order; and since bringing it into conformity to spiritual requirements, I have enjoyed increased freedom and abundance. However, in my early experience I was concerned with keeping things in order humanly. I spent much time in moving and rearranging objects, and sometimes people, in a fruitless attempt to satisfy my need for orderly living. I considered myself a perfectionist and took great pride in keeping everything just so.

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