Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What We All Need

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What We All Need

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MOST people would agree that a strong basis of ethics, morals, honesty--a willingness to take responsibility for our actions--leads to happier lives and, in the long run, a better world. But we're not always as certain how to nurture our own fledgling efforts at improving our record of moral responsibility. When we see that our efforts to be more honest in our lives will succeed better as we learn who we already are as God's offspring, we begin to realize that the growth we need is, fundamentally, growth in spirituality.

Spirituality is what we need in order to understand man's genuine nature as the child of God. And prayer is the tool that helps us to turn to the spiritual basis of our lives. Prayer shows us the genuine ability and abundance that God gives to man. It opens the way for us to overcome limitations of education, poverty, environment--whatever would keep us from living in accord with our highest ideals. However, when poverty, hunger, abuse, immorality, confront us in our lives, we may wonder how learning more about God will help us or others!

Christ Jesus' life gives us some idea of the impact of a God-centered life. Jesus was not ignorant of things around him. He was well aware of mental illness, those who suffered from crippling injuries, poverty. His response to those who suffered, however, stemmed from his spirituality, his understanding of God. And his habitual turning to God in prayer helped those who sought him out. He proved God's love by healing both the sick and the sinning. And his teachings weren't some idealistic, impractical philosophy. Obedience to God was the basis of Jesus' life. He knew God and His infinite ability to supply all good. And as we understand God's care for all His creation, we'll be better able to live up to the higher standard of ethics and morality that our own love for and obedience to God requires. …

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