Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Choosing Our Model

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Choosing Our Model

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These days, it seems as if we're constantly inundated with images and videos that would attempt to inform or influence how we think and act. We see heroic acts, athletic endeavors, daring stunts, motivational speeches, and also illegal acts, sexual acts, aggressive acts - on the news, on social media, in movies.

This saturation of images and information raises the question, What models of thought and action are we striving to emulate in our own lives? It's a choice that is ours to make at every moment, and that determines how we see the world around us and what we experience.

In the midst of the countless (and often conflicting) examples of thinking and acting that are out there, I've found helpful guidance in Christ Jesus' example and the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science and the Monitor.

Everywhere he went, Jesus brought healing and harmony to those who were receptive to what he taught. He saw everyone as the spiritual, perfect creation of God, made in His likeness. This understanding of true, spiritual reality was the "model" Jesus kept at the forefront of his thought, and, as a result, he expressed the utmost love and compassion, had the deepest conviction of God's goodness, and saw the supremacy of that goodness proved throughout his ministry. Even his sharp rebukes were out of love, in the attempt to correct and save others from their wrong thinking and living.

Knowing as Jesus did that God is good, it follows that God's creation is made the same way. The Psalmist counseled, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace" (Psalms 37:37). We, too, can let the spiritual truth of God and man fill our consciousness, and experience the blessings that come from that. In Mrs. Eddy's book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," we read: "Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness" (p. 407).

Recently I was sitting at an airport gate, waiting for my flight to begin boarding, when I heard another passenger speaking loudly and belligerently to a gate agent and some other individuals who were trying to bring calm to the situation. …

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