Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Smooth Water - Smooth Skiing

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Smooth Water - Smooth Skiing

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Many years ago, my family would spend a week or two each summer on the banks of a serene New Hampshire lake, swimming and canoeing, picking blueberries, and enjoying the sandy beach. One of our favorite activities was water-skiing, and the best time to ski was early in the day, when the wind was still asleep and the water smooth as silk. Our skis would effortlessly slice into the mirrored surface, sending out "rooster tails" of spray that glistened in the sun.

With these memories, I couldn't help but ponder a life lesson. In skiing, it's easy to maneuver gracefully when the water is calm. What if one could keep his or her thinking as "unrippled" - as undisturbed as an early morning lake? We certainly would move through our days with greater grace and joy. But human thought varies greatly in the amount of chop or calm it includes. Is there an effective way to quiet the waters of thought more consistently - and find a more durable peace?

The Bible says: "The Lord is my shepherd ... he leadeth me beside the still waters" and "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalms 23:1, 2 and Psalms 46:10, respectively). These passages point to the fact that each of God's children has a divine right to peace that lasts longer than just a season or a vacation time on a lake. Peaceful, contented thought flows from a deeper communion with God and an awareness of His omnipotent control. Peace is the natural state of God, the one infinite and all-good Mind. There is no other god or power, no other mind or source to disrupt or work against God's supreme government of His creation. The Bible states of God, "He is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth" (Job 23:13).

It follows then that our true identity as God's offspring would logically partake of God's nature. The spiritual qualities of assurance, patience, quietude, gentleness, harmony, and peace belong to each of us as His spiritual creation; we experience these qualities in our lives to the degree that we understand and acknowledge our divine source. Actually, we can never be separated from God, divine Love, in whom we "live, and move, and have our being," as the Bible states (Acts 17:28). …

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