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Some people create more garbage than others, but waste happens. Fortunately, society values more and more the ideas of recycling, reusing, and repurposing. And in the meantime, we still need to take out the garbage, please.

Whether we are taking out the garbage physically or not, depending on who’s responsibility it is, we can still clean the garbage out of our minds.

If not removed, the trash of envy, obsession, and idolatry can accumulate and get stinky.

However, we’ve been given the power to eliminate thoughts that make us lazy or lonesome. We can keep our minds clean by acting on thoughts that help others and ourselves. We can take out mental trash anytime during the day or night.

Keeping our minds clean also helps us see and keep in order healthy, happy thoughts that truly belong to us and everyone.

Psalms 37:8-9

Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes—it only makes things worse. Before long the crooks will be bankrupt; God-investors will soon own the store. (The Message)

From 6th edition of 21st Century Science and Health

Effort spent living in the past, pursuing superficial goals, or showing off, is effort wasted.

A variety of laundry piles can be found in most homes.

  • Types of piles:
  • Work clothes
  • Delicates
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • For the dry cleaner

After visitors have stayed, laundry increases, but it’s usually worth the extra cleaning because we like to have visitors.

When doing laundry, a faith in infinite love is evident because there is no end to the laundry pile.

Or a faith in ongoing truth.

Love and Truth are synonyms for God. We can cherish and work with our faith in a love that is truthful and a truth that is kind. We can even grow that love and truth in our hearts.

We can wash away dirty thoughts of anger, resentment, annoyance. We can clean out stains of racism and bigotry. We can whiten or purify our worship of spirit.

 Psalms 51:7

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

From 6th edition of 21st Century Science and Health

We cannot fill vessels already full. Vessels full of the impracticable must first be emptied. Let us strip off error and stand in the showers of God and come clean.

The way to extract error from human mind is to pour in truth through flood-waters of Love.

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Sixth edition of 21st Century Science and Health.
A modern version of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health, written in the 19th century.

Lines are numbered and references are updated in the sixth and latest edition.

Revisions show timeless truths.

I look at the lilies outside my window and wonder how I can be that peaceful and beautiful without saying a word or doing anything but being.

liliesSong of Solomon 2:2 ESV

As a lily among brambles,
    so is my love among the young women.