These are the words that came to me in my prayer this morning.
I’m re-reading notes from the class in Christian Science healing that I took in 2006. It’s a 12-day intensive course on the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, which helps students to understand God, the laws from the Bible the are practical and applicable in our daily lives, and it teaches how to heal yourself and others through Mind, God.
I came across this passage in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
In love for man, we gain a true sense of Love as God; and in no other way can we reach this spiritual sense, and rise — and still rise — to things most essential and divine. What hinders man’s progress is his vain conceit, the Phariseeism of the times, also his effort to steal from others and avoid hard work; errors which can never find a place in Science. (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 234)
“Things most essential and divine…” What are those? As I examined my own thought I saw that it is certainly not the “vain conceit” which tries to keep me focused on me instead of on the beautiful landscape of God and the divine light shining within us.
As I focus on glorifying God in my body, home and family, I focus on expressing grace, patience, humor, joy, humility and all the lovely qualities we desire to live with. A tendency to “steal from others and avoid hard work” slips away. As I focus on “things most essential and divine” I am filled up; I feel satisfied; I witness the joy and grace of God; I find opportunities to love.
Vain conceit tries to keep us focused on a “me” attitude instead of realizing that to find satisfaction, we have to be focused on others, giving (and receiving gracefully) and on God, divine Love.
It is with humility that today I focus on the task of glorifying God in my body, home and family.
I hope you will join me, so we can support each other along the way!