Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Greatest Pleasure

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Greatest Pleasure

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THERE is no greater joy than coming to the realization that God has already provided everything we need to be happy and content. Christ Jesus said to his followers, as Luke's Gospel records, "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (12:32). Have we even begun to glimpse the significance of being the beneficiaries of such a stupendous gift? The kingdom of heaven includes all the good we could ever hope for. It exists solely under God's government. Everything within it contributes to the happiness, health, and harmony of man, our genuine selfhood. To uncover the treasures of heaven, we must know where to look. God creates spiritual things. So it is to Spirit, God, that we must turn to find heavenly riches. The blessings God is putting before us are not found in material objects or situations but in spiritual understanding. If our desire when we pray is to gain more of this understanding, we'll receive what we ask for. We often think that we need something material--like more money or a different place to live--in order to be happy or satisfied. But our basic need is always spiritual. We can gain a bigger paycheck, marry the "perfect" spouse, achieve a hoped-for promotion, and, if our spiritual longings aren't satisfied, still find ourselves yearning for more. Appetite, lust, passion, and so forth stifle spiritual progress and keep us on a course of unending want. When we appreciate more of what God is already giving us, however, we find our needs met spiritually. The vicious cycles of want, indulgence, guilt, and self-condemnation come to a halt; and as we persist in our spiritual progress, they finally will come to a complete end, since they have no support in God's government of man. In Spirit, we are each complete and perfect children of God. Contentment is not found in a bottle, a bankroll, or a bakery, but in quiet communion with our Father-Mother. …
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