Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Overcoming Envy

        A college student I know likes her life just fine--until a more talented, and/or better-looking girl appears on the scene.  Then feelings of comparison, envy, and depression roll in, eroding her self-confidence.

        My friend is not alone.  Many people have a struggle not to feel envious of the success and accomplishments of others.

        Christ Jesus addressed this problem in his parable of the prodigal son, in which the older son begrudged the good things that the father bestows on the repentant younger brother.  The father's words of assurance to his jealous son point to a vital spiritual truth of God and man that can be helpful to the person dealing with envy.  He says, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." (Luke 15:31)

        Christian Science, which follows the teachings of the Master, helps us see that man's actual being is made  in God's likeness, is the spiritual, eternal offspring of God.  So man is in full possession of every Godlike quality essential to joy, dominion, purpose, and fulfillment.  These are not gifts occasionally bestowed on certain individuals by a heavenly Father who loves some more than others.  They are bestowed on all God's creation impartially.  "Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals" Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 13 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. 
        For the person beset by feelings of inadequacy and envy, the knowledge of his completeness as the child of God--endowed with just as much ability to reflect God's all-encompassing nature as any of His children--brings freedom from the misery of unfulfilled hopes and unnecessary comparisons. It awakens one to realize that all the good one can possibly need for happiness and well-being is already his; that God, divine Mind, is forever expressing Himself in man.  The prophet says of God's purpose for each one of us.  "This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise." (Isaiah 43:21)

        Instead of wasting precious time envying the good other people do, how much more rewarding it is--for ourselves and for mankind--to get busy expressing our own unique spiritual purpose.  Accepting the fact that God created us to show forth His nature, and recognizing that as His image we reflect unlimited ability, inspires us to develop to the full our God-given potential.

        If, then, we're struggling with feelings of envy, we might consider these two Bible-based spiritual truths:  (1)  Our true selfhood is God's perfect expression, inseparable from His eternal, all-encompassing care and therefore already in possession of all good.  (2)  Our purpose is to manifest God's attributes in continuous, satisfying activity.

        Understanding these potent truths, striving to develop our own God-bestowed abilities and individuality, we'll find ourselves no longer cast down by the thought of another's accomplishments but rather feeling satisfied and complete.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Getting Along - Jesus' Way

Okay, so the other guy started it,
And you're going to finish it.
While giving it right back to him
May be satisfying, for a time,
Don't do it.
Returning evil for evil
Is like putting Miracle Grow
On your flowerbeds.
There's a better way to
Get along with people --
The way God expects.
"Love your enemies, bless them
That curse you, do good to them
That hate you, and pray for them
Which despitefully use you,
And persecute you"
Our blessed Master said.
        (Matthew 5:44)
Doing what the Prince of Peace
says to do never fails;
It stops strife in its tracks,
Leaves everyone better off.
Even makes a friend where
An enemy seemed to be.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Profitable Study

(My last blog mentioned the wonderful proofs of God's healing power found at the end of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  Following is one such experience found on pages 694 through 696)

        It may help others to know that some one was really healed of severe illness through Christian Science.  It is over nine years since we first becomes interested in the Science, and it would be hard to find a healthier person than I am now.  I can go all day from morning till night, upheld by the thought that "they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength." I can truly say that I scarcely know what physical weariness is any more.  Before I came into Science the physicians said that one lung was gone, and the other was affected with tuberculosis, so, from their standpoint, there was little left for me to hope for.  We had tried every remedy that they had suggested. I had gone to the mountains, but could not stay there on account of the altitude; and when they did not know what to do, they said we would better go to England--that the ocean air would be beneficial.  So we spent three months in the British Isles, and when I came back I seemed much better, but this only lasted a short time.  In little more than a month I was worse than ever, and my mother was told that I had but a few weeks, or at most months, to live.

        At that time, a lady, a stranger to us, suggested that we try Christian Science.  There was no prejudice against it, as we did not even know what it was.  We knew of no Scientists in the Western town where we were living, and when we were told that we could send to Kansas City for absent treatment, we thought it was absurd.  We were then told that many people had been healed through reading of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, and to us this seemed a little worse than  the absent treatment, but as we had tried everything we had heard of up that time, mother sent for the book.

        It came in the middle of October and we began to read it together.  It seemed to me from the first that it was something had always believed, but did not know how to express--it seemed such a natural thing. My improvement was very gradual, but I felt I was recovering.  After the Christmas holidays I started in at school and went the whole term without missing a day,--something I had never done before.  I finished my school course without missing a day--in fact, I have not spent a day in bed since that time.  I feel absolutely certain that I have two sound,  healthy lungs  now. The hollows in my chest have filled out, and I breathe perfectly on both sides; rarely have cold to meet, and have not a sign of a cough.

        People sometimes say, "Oh, well, maybe you never had consumption."  Well, I had all the symptoms, and they are every one gone through the reading of Science Health.

E.L.B.  Chicago, Ill.


Monday, September 25, 2017

You don't have to be ill

        The following is shared with those readers who are not familiar with the teachings of Christian Science, to offer new hope and solid help in obtaining health.

        The other day at the grocery store, I happened to hear one woman telling another about a report she had just seen in a magazine.  According to her, on any given day in North America alone, millions of people suffer with ill health.

        I couldn't help thinking about a remedy that is always available--one that does not involve an operation or dependence on prescription  drugs.

        The remedy I'm talking about is the healing power of Christianity that Jesus practiced and that is explained in Christian Science.  Its teachings make practical the divine method of deliverance referred to in Christ Jesus' words "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  (John 8:32)  The study of divine Science shows us how to heal from a purely metaphysical standpoint, through following the Master's example.

        As one studies this Science with a humble, open mind, with consecration, the way of healing through spiritual means becomes clear.  It is important to realize that what one refers to as a physical condition is actually the objectification of thought.  And so as one purifies, or spiritualizes, his thinking, it naturally follows the that body becomes more harmonious.

        Because our body is an expression of our thought, the great need is for a change of mental standpoint.  Through prayer we gain a correct, spiritual view of man as the image of God.  In other words, we begin to realize that sickness of any kind is not a part of our real selfhood made in God's likeness. The spiritual concept of man is basic, and this is why it is helpful to go back time and again to the Bible record that man is made in God' image.  Accepting hat God is perfect spirit, as the Bible teaches, we realize that the creations of Spirit can only be spiritual, perfect.  And this is the reality of our being, despite appearances to the contrary.

        Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, write in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:  "Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,--neither in nor of matter,--and the body will then utter no complaints.  If suffering from a belief in sickness,  you will find yourself suddenly well."  (S&H, page 14)

        The last one hundred pages of Science and Health are devoted to healings that resulted from studying this book. Among those wonderful experiences, a reader can see that Christian Science has lifted countless thousands out of painful physical conditions.

        As one learns that man, created in God's own image, is the perfect expression of the one divine Mind, it becomes clear that man must be spiritual and harmonious--that he cannot, in reality, be impaired in any way.  He must function perfectly because he is governed by the one God.  No matter  how real it appears to be, infirmity has no true existence in God's sight, because made it.

        The need is not to ignore ill health, but to turn thought away from the view of man as material and diseased and toward the understanding that he is actually spiritual and perfect right now, untouiched by suffering.

        As the Holy Bible promises us, "I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 30:17)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The One Only Way

"I've never once felt close to God"
A friend confided recently --
An amazing thing to hear
For those of us who do,
Could this be the problem,
That she, like so many others
Are trying to find peace and joy
While leaving Christ Jesus out,
Whose essential role they doubt
(If they even think about it at all?)
God does want His children
To feel close to Him,
To have all the good He has to give
But the path there is one --
The one given us all
By His beloved Son.

"I am the way, the truth, and the life:
No man cometh unto the Father,
           But by me"
said our Lord and Master dear
             (John 14:6)

Loving and living what Jesus said,
We can't help feeling our
heavenly Father's presence,
His indescribable love for us.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Don't Despair

        In telling his disciples about conditions that would come to pass, Christ Jesus spoke of "men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth."  (Luke 21:26)

        Many people, observing present world conditions, may be ready to conclude that these days must surely be upon us.  They feel overwhelmed at times.  They say, "What next?!  Many lose heart.

        This, however, is the thing one should not do when faced with disheartening circumstances.  When Jesus warned men of eventual upheaval, he also offered a way of escape. "When these things begin to come to pass," he counseled, "then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."  (Luke 21:28)

        One's redemption or salvation from fear and despair can come as soon as one progresses in his understanding of God's government of man and the universe.  To those in search of renewed hope and courage Christian Science offers this view of reality:  man and the universe spiritually created.  It shows one how to indeed look up, through enlightened prayer, to find God's ever-present, comforting help.  Through the study and application of Christian Science, countless individuals the world over have found and are finding that there is no problem too overwhelming for God to solve.

        Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (page 390):  "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony."  Problems seem hopeless only if we think of man as separated from God, left to find for himself in a material, somewhat mysterious universe controlled by amoral forces.  But Christian Science teaches that man is spiritual, perfect, the expression of God, inseparable from God, loved by God, protected by God, secure in God.  And the same spiritual laws that enabled Jesus to heal and regenerate men are available to everyone today.

        The basis of Jesus' unfailing ability to subdue difficulties of every description was his practical understanding of divine law, his consciousness of man's spiritual relationship to God.  God, good, governs all things harmoniously, and the divine government is reflected in our daily lives.  When we realize that the divine Mind is continuously maintaining all in spiritual harmony and perfection, we can begin to see there is no hopeless condition out there, no insoluble problem, no need to feel overwhelmed by world events.

        Knowing that all-powerful God is govern His creation keeps hope and confidence intact, lifted above distressing material conditions.  There is never any need to despair, for God is the only reality.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Never Out of God's Care

        Because of the Bible's assurances that God, divine Love, is an ever-present, unfailing help in trouble, we can turn in complete confidence to Him. No matter what situation we may find ourselves in, God's help is always at hand, even--or more accurately, especially--when the need is urgent.

        Christ Jesus taught us the inseparability of man from God.  We're able to see the effects of this truth as we put our trust in God's all-powerful care. As Jesus said, "He that sent me is with me:  the Father hath not left me alone." Nor does our loving Father ever left you and me alone or desolate.

        Knowing that man is God's child, wholly spiritual and safe in the care of his creator, regardless of how desperate things may seem to be, the Master was able to overcome all difficulties.  And Jesus' works bring to light the fact that man can't be apart from God for a moment.  Through understanding that our real being is spiritual, and turning to God for a way out of trouble, each one of us can know the comforting assurance of divine Love's care under all circumstances.

        Our true selfhood, as the outcome of Spirit, God, is spiritual, not material.  Thus our real identity is not at the mercy of human circumstances.  The divine fact is that you and I are God's child, and we can never, for an instant, be deprived of our Father's loving help.  We're never really apart from our divine source, God.  As God's man, we are and always have been preserved by His unerring laws of safety and exemption from harm.  Such divine facts give us the authority and confidence we need to prevail over difficulties.

        We have Christ Jesus to thank for revealing and proving fully the Father's constant love for His children.  And when we're empowered with the spiritual truths Jesus knew about God and man, we can prove for ourselves that we are never out of His wonderful care.