Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Take Care of Yourself

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Take Care of Yourself

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Taking care of ourselves is a good idea - in fact, it's a necessity. But do we need to be preoccupied with the physical body in order to be healthy and feel good about ourselves? While it might seem that focusing on the body - food, exercise, material remedies - is the best way to keep healthy, the Bible suggests that we take the best care of ourselves when we take care of what we think and when we rely on God for our well-being.

The book of Philippians makes clear where our thoughts should be focused: "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (4:8). Such thoughts acquaint us with the nature of God, our creator - and help us express more of His nature in our own thinking and character. As the Bible indicates, God is Spirit, Truth, and Love (see for example, John 4:24; Deuteronomy 32:4; and I John 4:16, respectively). When thought is more in accord with God, who is the true source of man's health and well-being, we naturally experience, both mentally and physically, the benefits of God's harmonious government over us.

In his Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus said that to seek first "the kingdom of God, and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33) would naturally result in the care of all our needs. His words imply that care for the body is included in a God-centered state of thought. It's the outcome of understanding the things of Spirit.

Using another Bible-based term for God - Mind - Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, said: "We need a clean body and a clean mind, - a body rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water. One says: 'I take good care of my body.' To do this, the pure and exalting influence of the divine Mind on the body is requisite, and the Christian Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves it most out of his thought, and, like the Apostle Paul, is 'willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord'[226 128 137 ]" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. …

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