Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Reason to Run

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Reason to Run

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WHEN I began jogging several years ago, I had, well, an ulterior motive. I thought that if my husband and I ran together it would help him get in shape! As usual with such schemes, the whole thing backfired. My husband lost interest. I, on the other hand, was hooked on the sport.

When I no longer had the excuse of keeping my husband in shape, I needed to rethink my reason for running. As I thought about it, seeking a stronger, sleeker body -- even if it wasn't for myself -- hadn't really been a good motive in the first place.

As a student of Christian Science I had learned that good health has its source in God, divine Spirit. The more we awake to our perfect, spiritual nature as God's children and live in accord with the laws of God, the more we naturally feel the vigor, freedom, and dominion of Spirit. As Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease."

How, exactly, does God maintain our health? The beneficent power of Spirit is communicated to us through Christ, God's message of truth. No one ever discerned or demonstrated Christ better than Jesus. His healing works, as recorded in the Gospels, have never been matched. Christ, Truth -- the Word of God -- is present today to enable us to experience God's healing power. In prayer, we receive Christ. We begin to feel that God, divine Love, is holding us tenderly in His care. The effect of this prayerful communion with God is tangible, physical healing.

Well, then, if health is a gift of God, maintained by divine Spirit, is there any reason to run? Oh, yes! For me, at least, the reason is to express the vitality, stamina, joy, and grace that come from God. …

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