Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God, Origin of Good

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God, Origin of Good

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MY husband and I own property in another town that we were trying to rent. Because it looked as if renting the property was going to take quite a while, I had been resisting the idea of traveling to the town and staying until the house was rented. But as I prayed to hear God's direction, I felt certain that this was what I needed to do.

I based my prayer on God's goodness and His ability to order and govern His creation. Because God is Mind, I reasoned, God must possess all good, right ideas. He must be their origin, their source, even their owner. I had been concerned about the property because if it remained empty, it was not only useless but could become a substantial burden to us. Understanding God as the sole owner of His creation helped me to let go of this burden of responsibility. I began to see that we--and what we owned--were subject only to God. Being subject to God doesn't release us from our responsibility to fulfill our duties. But it does show us the infinite possibilities of spiritual reality.

I could see that God is the one and only real owner--not of material things but of spiritual ideas. And I knew that what God owns and governs must always be placed properly and function correctly. This is a law of God. No idea can be misplaced or useless. God determines the usefulness and placement of ideas.

I knew that because lack, economic downturns, and loss weren't good, they couldn't have originated with God's goodness. I prayerfully acknowledged God as the source of supply and demand, and man as the recipient of God's abundance. I prayed to overcome any fear that would keep me from hearing God's voice. I sincerely wanted to be guided to do what was right.

The telephone rang. It was someone who had just decided to rent a home in the area. Because I had followed the spiritual guidance my prayer had brought and I was already in town, the papers could be signed right away. …

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