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How many times?

From the March 1982 issue of The Christian Science Journal


How many times must one resist the temptation to act with less than his highest sense of right? How many times must one reject evil's claims to reality, influence, or attractiveness? How many times must one say no to the devil?

As many times as it takes to stand with God.

This is the answer I came to after mentally reviewing an unpleasant circumstance for the fiftieth or sixtieth time. I knew that nothing good was accomplished by rehashing, but the memory kept recurring. After several miserable days I resolved to meet these rehearsals with a firm no! I began saying yes to the truth that no circumstance is outside God's loving control. I said yes to hope, no to desperation; yes to unselfish care, no to useless criticism; yes to humility, no to egotism. Aligning my thought with God in this way, I overcame the temptation to ruminate over the unhappy event. In two days a healing solution emerged that completely reversed the situation.

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