My dog Nya

I love my dog Nya.

Nya is so radiant with joy. She is always happy. She also expresses the spiritual qualities of readiness and alertness. And she is so energetic.

She is ready to go whenever I say, and she always watches me to see if she is needed to respond.

She is a true child of God in this way.  May we all be as vigil in our spiritual devoutness; keeping our eyes on our Father-Mother God at all times; joyfully waiting for God’s call, expectant and ready.

She is so pure and innocent. She never has a malicious motive or purpose. Her purity is a wonder to me.

We all have the spiritual innocence and purity that we see express in these friends in our lives.  It reminds me of  an excerpt from Mary Baker Eddy’s address at the National Convention in Chicago on June 13, 1888.

“Beloved children, the world has need of you, — and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through contact with the world. What grander ambition is there than to maintain in yourselves what Jesus loved, and to know that your example, more than words, makes morals for mankind!”

She is referencing Jesus’ love for children in this excerpt. When human reasoning tempted Jesus’ disciples and they asked the question, “Who will be greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus responded by calling a little child over, and he said: “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Let’s claim the innocence, purity, joy – the childlikeness – we see around us as our own. And keep our lives, our thought, untainted from the world.

Childlikeness & its benefits

Tobin Hart, PhD, author of The Secret Spiritual World of Children, writes about how children are naturally attuned to the spiritual. He says:

“Nearly all children experience ways of knowing and being – outside of any training or rituals. They include awe and wonder, intense feelings of love and compassion, startling moments of wisdom and a deep curiosity about the profound nature of life. They are naturally attuned to the spiritual.”

There are many ways that we can learn from children and cultivate our own forever innocence, childlikeness and receptivity. 

Here is what Christ Jesus says about children:

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. (NKJV Matt 18)

And said in a slightly different way:

 “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.” (The Message Matt 18)

I have the joy of teaching Sunday School, and this past Saturday I went to prepare my lesson. At the time, I was feeling really bogged down by some plans my husband and I were trying to sort out. I couldn’t tell which direction we should go in or when. The limitations of my human sense of things was frustrating and confusing. And it was tempting to just stew about these plans rather than actively engage in the preparation of this Sunday School lesson. 

But I had just gotten a bunch of new lessons from a previous teacher so I decided to check them out. 2 of the lessons used a concept of a “thought bucket”; you and the children decide what can go in to your thought bucket and what can not. We adapted one of these games and tried it out. The game went like this:

You get 5 buckets (we used tupperware) and think of 5 temptations i.e. discouragement, fear, lack, revenge, hate, lust, etc. You then think of 5 “weapons” of God i.e. love, kindness, patience, meekness, trust, hope, faith, confidence, etc. We wrote the 5 “weapons” on a piece of paper and crumpled it up on in a ball. You then try to make a basket throwing the “weapons” into the buckets. If you make it, you go on to the next one. At the end, each bucket should have a “weapon” in it. And I thought it was really fun to unfold the weapon paper and see which weapon conquered each temptation. 

At the end of this exercise, I felt totally refreshed and joyful! The simplicity of this exercise reminded me of the simple, spiritual Truths and how easy it can be to practice them. Sometimes as adults we make it so complicated! But it can be as simple as determining if the thoughts in your bucket are from divine Mind, Spirit, or from the carnal mind, error. Our Father takes care of all the other details. All we have to focus on is what is going into our consciousness. 

It reminds me of this thought:

“Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” (Science and Health, p. 392)

Find a mentor, or be one. Answers are always present.

 

I’m greatly appreciative of having mentors. In high school and college I never really had one, though I see now how that would have been soooooo helpful. I simply didn’t seek one out. The opportunity never presented itself to me and I didn’t know there was someone who could play that role.

 

Cherish every opportunity for mentoring. Value this precious resource.

 

When I took a course in Christian Science healing, I instantly had a mentor – my teacher. I felt so privileged (and still do!) because I realized it’s what I had been wanting and craving for so many years. Here was a woman who I respect and admire, I love the way she thinks and lives; she has her role as my spiritual teacher, and I have my role as her student. What a perfect working out!

 

Since then I’ve realized we can have more than one mentor, and there are a lot of different ways mentoring can come about. And we can feel free, willing and happy to seek it out. We NEVER have to feel we are doing things alone.  We NEVER have to feel that we are stuck with a question and it’s our job to come up with an answer. We always have support, someone to lean on or go to. Seek that out. Don’t let fear or uncertainty stop you.

 

God always sees us as growing, expanding, and developing higher and higher. That never has to stop. No matter what age, we can always be growing and learning and enlarging our sense of life. And we never have to do it alone.

 

Relationships and how we interact with one another (loving, uplifting, and supporting) are so valued by God. This is why we have two great commandments and not just the one – Have only one God & love your neighbor as yourself.  (The Gospel According to St. Matthew: 22)

 

I rejoice and my heart sings for having mentors I can turn to. There is an answer. God is speaking, guiding, supporting, and uplifting us. Don’t think we have to go it alone or find an answer by ourselves. It is always God’s abundance, goodness, and provision being expressed and communicated to us around the clock.  This often comes as an “angel message” in our thought, or as an idea someone shared, or even the way the idea is communicated.

 

Love our mentors and these wonderful opportunities. Cherish and nurture them, and never undervalue them.

 

Perhaps there is a mentoring opportunity in your area. You may want to volunteer to provide that support, role model, wisdom, perspective, and consistency for someone else.  http://www.volunteermatch.org/

 

Find the help and the answers you seek today. Or provide that for someone else.

 

Here to help you do that, if you’d like. Feel free to call or write.