Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Survivors ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Survivors ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I changed the aquarium water for the first time yesterday and held my breath to see if my fish, seven Danios, had survived the ordeal. In the morning I couldn't wait to see if all seven had made it through the night, or if one or more had been "voted off the island," as on a certain television show. But there they were - seven active fish, getting to know the new driftwood, and each one looking swimmingly happy.

I had wanted more colorful, exotic fish, but the man at the pet store talked me into purchasing these because of their hardiness. Now I'm happy with my choice. The flashy, outwardly pleasing has its place, but I'm learning to appreciate what endures. Jesus told his followers to be aware of what matters to them: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:34).

This is a good reminder, because I've been known to be overly affected by the final score of my favorite baseball team's efforts or even the outcome of TV game shows. It may be a form of escape, my becoming so absorbed in how a certain pitcher does or who wins a million dollars. It somehow reduces the importance of my higher- than-ever fuel oil bill or the funny clunk my car makes when I back up.

One of the qualities of God is endurance, "forever-ness." What God gives doesn't get lost, can't be stolen, can't get worse over a period of time. The first chapter of James says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (verse 17). Legacies, inheritances, and gifts, when spiritually based, aren't subject to chance. We may have a gift of being a peacemaker or a mediator in our circle of family and friends, or have the ability to make people laugh. Those precious talents are naturally part of who we are. When God gives a gift, it's forever.

In game shows or sporting events, mental and physical challenges may be tough. But even under stress, what matters in the end is being true to who you are. True, that is, to the better self you want to be all the time. …

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