Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Did God Overspend? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Did God Overspend? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Do you ever find yourself thinking that you don't have enough of something? I got out of bed one morning recently, feeling annoyed that I had to be up so early and actually fearing that I hadn't had enough sleep. I was concerned that I would be tired all day.

Then I began to remember all the areas of my life in which at one time or another I'd felt a lack of something: money, companionship, health, opportunity to use my talents, time, happiness, to name a few. It even occurred to me that overeating, overspending, gambling, and too much recreation are perhaps attempts to "get it all" now - in case there's not enough tomorrow. I've heard the observation made that all the world's problems really stem from a lack of one thing or another.

While thinking about these things in the early morning hours, I found it was comforting, reassuring, for me to realize something anew: God, our Father-Mother, is affluent - in fact, All-in-all. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-acting, all-supplying. He has all and provides all. God cannot be depleted, because He is infinite, absolutely without limits. You and I have been given the glorious privilege of perfectly reflecting our creator; we, as His spiritual expression, have all we could ever need. Using as other names for God Spirit, Love, and Mind, the Christian Science textbook portrays God's promise to us: "I am Spirit. Man, whose senses are spiritual, is my likeness. He reflects the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity.... I include and impart all bliss, for I am Love.... I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because I AM THAT I AM" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Pgs. 252-253). Somehow, sleep seemed less important to me after these truths sank in. And I felt that as God's very likeness, the direct reflection of God, I had an inexhaustible supply of all that was good. God is good itself. This meant I simply could not be spent, tired, craving rest, in want of anything good during this unfolding day. And, indeed, I felt rested. You are always in line to receive what you need from God, since He is always with you. …

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