Job, from The Bible, shows us an incredible example of searching and taking a stand for experiencing and understanding more of God’s presence and power.
Do we have thoughts coming to us that sound like Job’s “friends”? “You don’t deserve to be healed. You must have done something wrong. You’re a sinner.” (See the book of Job). We probably all do.
The book of Job shows us that we have the right to stand up for our innocence. Standing up to these thoughts isn’t a self-righteous thing, but a spiritual longing to see our innocence and freedom from sin and disease. Job hadn’t done anything wrong to deserve the pain that he was faced with. And ultimately reaching out to God enabled him to stand in the presence of God (to become fully aware of the Truth of His existence and power) so that Job was healed and saved.
What if we have done something wrong? Do we still have the right to be healed? To take a stand for our spiritual freedom Yes! Coming face to face with our mistakes and correcting them enables us to move past them. And this redemption comes from the basis of knowing, in reality, we are the spiritual, pure and perfect children of God, so it is natural to be healthy, live righteously and behave compassionately.
Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.
This was certainly true in the case of Job. When enemy thoughts were all around, he was still able to discern his innocence and right to freedom. We can take that stand, too.
Christ, the universal message of Truth and Love, is present in thought to bring about healing.
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494
One night, while laying in bed trying to go to sleep, I found myself ruminating about an upcoming project that didn’t require me to be organizing every detail that moment. What I did need was a feeling of peace, rest and trust in God’s all-power.
What do we do when we feel like our thinking is being hijacked from our naturally happy, healthy, restful selves?
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.1
Mary Baker Eddy, a spiritual teacher and healer, called this influence “error” — it is simply an error to believe that God is not in control; it is simply an error to believe that God’s reality is not harmonious, perfect and that you are not included in it right now.
You are valuable! You are special!
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid2;
To be at one with divine consciousness is to know that God is controlling and working out every detail of your experience.
You are an active component of one “stupendous whole”.
As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good.3
Sometimes I wonder: “Really, me? My tiny, insignificant problem in the grand scheme of things? Is God really working that out?” Well the answer that comes is YES —not because my problem is of huge significance but because my being is at one with the whole being— the whole of creation, God’s perfect universe. If I claim and accept that he isn’t governing me than I am claiming and accepting that I am separate from God and the rest of His creation. Impossible!
As I lay in bed that night, I saw clear that it was error (subtly or aggressively) influencing me to over-analyze without relying on God, good, to guide each step of the way through divine inspiration. The moment I realized the error that was influencing my consciousness, I turned my thought to Christ; I thought about the Bible story of Christ Jesus walking over the waves to his disciples who were in the boat.
Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind.4
It was clear to me that I had a choice to make: I could believe that God is all and is the only true law caring for every want and detail I could possibly imagine or I could stay in the boat of believing that there is lack, limitation, rush, stress, and fear that God has no ability to reject.
Thinking about the Master’s nonjudgmental compassion for Peter in reaching out his hand to help Peter when he started to sink helped me see the divine Love that I really wanted to take a stand for. I could see that I was being urged to “walk over the waves” – the downward pull of material thinking — to trust in God’s love.
The unnecessary ruminating stopped in those moments. I slept peacefully and awoke feeling a greater sense of freedom and refreshment. (In the following weeks, the project even evolved in such a way that the details I would have planned that evening would been obsolete, so I was saved from wasted time.) Divine inspiration, trust, and not human will, was needed to take the lead.
. . . let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.5
So, if you find yourself fretting about something, know that Christ is present to help you break the cycles of negative/limited thinking; Christ enables you to see who you really are, your perfect relationship with God who is unfolding every perfect detail to bless everyone.
1 Romans 8:6 NIV
2 Luke 12:7 NIV
3 Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 165:16-18
4 Mary Baker Eddy, Unity of Good, p. 11:3-4
5 James 1:4 NKJV
It may be tempting to think that your worth and value are tied up in your job.
What if you don’t have a job? Or what if your performance is lower than you’d like because of a particular set of circumstances?
You can still feel loved and valued regardless of your job and even if you are out of work.
You work/business do not determine your success.
You determine the success of your work/business.
You have worth and value because you are deeply loved and that’s how God made you.
You are a child of God, not made up of DNA or a by-product of your parents.
Your worth and success are already built-in — they are inherent in what you are.
You are the manifestation of God’s abundance, God’s wealth, God’s prosperity.
God is overflowing with joy and harmony, and you are the manifestation of that!
So don’t let the world —that evil mind— tell you that you are unworthy or unloved for even a second.
Shut the door on that thought! You don’t have to believe it!
You are holy, pure, loved, beautiful and free right now.