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Sculptors of thought

From the February 2024 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A backhoe operator dug a deep hole in the lawn with such careful attention that his coworker yelled with delight, “You’re a sculptor!” That might seem like an odd way to describe someone operating heavy machinery, but his coworker was commenting on the preciseness of his work in shaping this deep hole.

We may not be sculptors by trade, but we all can work with similar precision in shaping our thoughts. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, explains: “We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought. What is the model before mortal mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you reproducing it?” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 248).

It’s easy to accept the prevalent view that we’re mere mortals who can’t do much to change our health, happiness, and well-being. Not long ago a friend who is a Christian Scientist told me he was praying about some challenges, but felt he wasn’t getting very far. We talked regularly, and his love for God was growing, but at one point he said, “Praying this morning, I felt very close to God. Still no answer when I ask Him what He wants me to do. I have doubts.”

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