Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Who Is the Enemy? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Who Is the Enemy? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Someone has worked hard to bring out positive achievements in a business, but a counterpart fights his proposals at every step. Someone else who is pursuing a worthy goal feels she faces unfair competition. A family wants to develop its property to enhance the value, but neighbors band together to block the path. Who is the enemy in each of these scenes?

Whenever we feel that someone else stands in our way, the fact is still this: people are not the enemy. That may be hard to see. It was for me. But the more we are willing to see it, the sooner we will get to the root of whatever threatens to block our achievements and stultify our progress, and be able to remove the obstructions.

I've found that thinking I have to fight other people only keeps me from the very progress I might dearly want. That when the goals and objectives I pursue lie within the lines of what is moral, legal, and good, I always have recourse to a higher power for refuge and defense. God is the only power that creates and defines us, and He opens up paths of progress. If the way seems blocked for whatever reason, we can wholeheartedly, unreservedly turn to God, who is the Mind of all, for guidance and direction. During some difficult experiences in my life, I learned I could never place my trust in God and not find ultimate solutions - when I was willing to do certain things. The first was to acknowledge Him as the source of intelligence for all, governing all. This idea comes from the commands God gave Moses as ten laws for life. The First Commandment says that we are to acknowledge God, who is infinite good, above all else and see there is no other power beside Him (see Ex. 20:3). Second, I learned we need to see our real identity to be what Genesis refers to as the spiritual "image" and "likeness" of God, who is the divine Spirit (see 1:26). This must always be good. In order to get the full picture of what this means, we need to see "the others" in this same light. God loves each of His children infinitely, equally, and universally. We must be willing to give up mistaken views of ourselves and others - to love in the way Christ Jesus taught. …

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