Throwing off limitations

I love the movie Hidden Figures. It is such an inspiring success story of overcoming adversity, racial and gender discrimination, and other limitations. The women in this movie are courageous, intelligent, persistent, confident and poised. Each of them overcomes boundaries individually and collectively, and the audience rejoices in their victory.

Stories such as these are empowering because they show what we are capable of. These women face down demons of discouragement and fear. And through their persistent effort they make a significant difference with marked achievement. We are all capable of throwing of material fetters. The world is constantly imposing on us “you can’t”. These “voices” may come from within or without. But if we begin with knowing who we are as the spiritual children of God, and listen to God’s voice, we will go up higher.

Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free.1

We want to strive to begin with God and what God is seeing and knowing about us each day. We can’t get any higher than that, so why not start with this beautiful view! God, Spirit, is infinite, intelligent, perfect being and consciousness. Spirit created us in the image and likeness of Spirit, God. So what does that tell us about who we are? Talented, beautiful, graceful, meaningful — capable of being conscious of what God is conscious of right now. We reflect the qualities of our Creator. God is communicating Himself in tender, compassionate ways. When we listen to that voice, we go up higher. We discern our true spiritual nature and, in turn, we are freed from material impositions and limitations. When we reason from this good premise, we get good results.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2

We all want to be free, and we can be by freeing ourselves from material fetters. It’s the Holy Spirit that comes to our thought to reveal to us who and what we really are. It’s like waking up to the truth that has been there all along. Just like when explorers realized the Earth wasn’t flat, everyone’s perception had to change. The Holy Spirit wakes us up to the infinite, spiritual nature of reality and our perception changes. We grow and expand out of the material limits and express more of God’s divine nature. This is way we give glory to God!

Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right.3

1 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 227
2 II Corinthians 3:17
3 Ibid, p. 227
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Messages of worth and love

You are loved.

You are needed.

You have a holy origin.

You are made in the image and likeness of God, good.

You are special. God delights in you. She rejoices that She made you.

These are the messages that matter.

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of advertisements of sexuality, violence, and disease that run rampant in today’s media that we are instead reminded of our inherent worth as God’s image and likeness? Wouldn’t it be nice to receive reminders and affirmations to love one another and see the child of God in each of us? Just as we treat children with such tenderness, we can also nurture the child within each of us that hopes for and desires the eternal love of an all good Mom/Dad, that Jesus called “Abba”, Daddy.

You are sinless, you are eternal. Reminding ourselves of how our Creator makes us and sees us enables us to be a healer everyday, whether we are participating in larger actions of restorative justice or simply being faithful over the little things we can do each day.

We are made to heal because we reflect the heart of God. We are made to bind up the brokenhearted. We are made to wash each others feet with our tears.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Isaiah 61:1 ESV

You are mine  

“You are mine” and “You are special”. Sweet books by Max Lucado that we read to our little one. They are sweet because they remind us that what the world says of us can’t really stick if we don’t believe it. We can daily listen to our Maker, the Creator of the universe, that tells us how perfect, special and good He made us. 

There is a lot of noise in the world. Clanging cymbals of doubt, lack, remorse, uncertainty. But we can counteract this by dwelling in the “secret place of the Most High”, listening to the thoughts that God gives us. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.*

God has only good for you and that goodness exists right now within you. Good is the truth about you now and forever. 

The Bible tells about the disciples hearts that burning within them while they talked with Jesus (as he illuminated the Scriptures to them). 

Don’t we all want out hearts to burn within us through an inspiration and spiritual understanding? God says “before you were in the womb, I knew you” and “the very hairs on your head are all numbered.”

Each of us is infinitely valued, needed and special to God. Each us has an individuality that is safe and pure. Each of us is spiritual, made in the image and likeness of Life and Love itself. 

*Jeremiah 29:11