Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ever-Present Good

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ever-Present Good

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How many of us seem to pass the hours dreaming of better times or wishing somehow our lives were different?

How much more profitable, however, to consider not the "what if?" but the "what is" of one's experience. Instead of hoping or wishing for something better to take place, why not acknowledge and appreciate the good that is already ours?

The real, spiritual identity of each of us is the child of God, with a "goodly heritage" (Psalms 16:6). We are cared for and nourished by infinite, divine Love, the source of all good. God is All, and He alone governs our experience. We can never be separated from Him or from His goodness and love.

Qualities such as beauty, joy, strength, vitality, intelligence, and wisdom are integral parts of our being. According to the teachings of Christian Science, they are qualities that can never be lost or destroyed. They are spiritual, emanating from God. Since, in reality, each of us is God's idea or reflection, we forever manifest these and other attributes of His infinite being. Consequently, from the human standpoint, too, we can lack nothing vital to our individual growth, progress, development, or success.

God is the only creative power, the only presence. Love alone is in complete control of man and the universe. In reality, nothing evil or false can touch or be part of man's being.

All this of course means that nobody, in truth, is better off or less well supplied than another. With God caring for each of His ideas abundantly, no one ever needs to be jealous of another's happiness or success. One doesn't have to steal in an attempt to obtain good. Because God's goodness is freely available to all, man's resources are unlimited.

An individual has only to turn away from a belief in lack, limitation, or deprivation and recognize God's ever-presence and infinite love to receive His blessing. …

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