Attitude of Gratitude
Ernest Holmes, Our Founder
A Pattern for Thought (Phil. 4:8, 13)
We are to think on those things which are of good report. That is, we are to think on those things which are of the Truth. If we do this, we can accomplish because of our own inner mind, which is Christ. This Mind is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all they that dwell therein.
And God will supply all our needs. This is a beautiful thought: that we are fed from the table of the Universe, Whose board is ever spread with blessedness and peace; Whose loving-kindness has never been fathomed; Whose grace and truth are the corner-stones of Reality. WE ARE TO BE FED, CLOTHED, AND SUPPLIED IN EVERY NEED, STRAIGHT FROM THE CENTER AND SOURCE OF ALL. More than this, we could not ask. Greater, could not be given. Lowell tells us that “Heaven alone is given away,” and all is ours for the asking. Shall not this asking, then, include all righteousness and truth?
Rejoice Evermore (I Thess. 5:15-23)
We are to rejoice evermore. There is no sadness in the Spirit. It is happy and free, for It knows neither depression nor confusion, and we belong to It, are in and of It. We are to rejoice evermore.
“Pray without ceasing.” This means to be always on the affirmative side of life. To pray without ceasing is to doubt never, but to always trust in the Law of Good. This inner communion is essential to the soul and natural to the mind. It is a constant recognition of our relationship to that Presence in which we live and move and have our being.
“In everything gives thanks.” An attitude of gratitude is most salutary, and bespeaks the realization that we are now in heaven. How we love to do for those who co-operate with, and are grateful for, our small endeavors! Gratitude is one of the chief graces of human existence and is crowned in heaven with a consciousness of unity.
Holmes, Ernest (1998-08-24). The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition (p. 497). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
Ernest Holmes, Founder of Religious Science and author of many books, including “The Science of Mind“.