Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Driving with God, Driving with Love Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Driving with God, Driving with Love Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The driver of the car in front of us suddenly slowed down and, without signaling, turned left. We came to a quick stop. There was no accident, but it had been a close call.

Both drivers had been wrong - one for being thoughtless, the other for driving too fast.

At such times people may gratefully sigh and say or think something like "Thanks, God, for taking care of us once again." But the book of Psalms tells us, "The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works" (145:9). And we see signs of God's "tender mercies" more fully, feel His constantly protecting presence with us, when we obey Him. Nearly everyone wants to avoid accidents. And if someone has been frightened - especially by the results of his or her own carelessness - he or she may resolve to drive with more intelligence and even with more love toward the other drivers on the road. Persistently ignoring either the rules of good driving or the deeper requirements of brotherly love isn't being obedient to God. And resolving to do better is not always easy to follow through on, especially when you're in a hurry, caught in frustrating traffic, or irritated by someone's driving. That's when an understanding of what it means to come into accord with God can be such a help to us. When we're one with God in thought, we can neither be the cause nor the victim of an accident. Unity with God is a scientific fact of our existence that can be demonstrated. To be one with Him does not mean that we are God; rather it shows that we are being governed by God. Through learning God's law - the Science of Christ - we come to see that God is divine Principle and Love, infinite and intelligent, the divine Mind that governs all creation, including each one of us. When we understand the spiritual facts of God's unchanging perfection and goodness, it becomes more apparent to us that a perfect God could only create a perfect son or daughter. Your own true identity, and the identity of everyone, must be as perfect as God is. …

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