O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalms 34:3
I love going to chapel on Monday morning at my son’s school. During chapel there is an opportunity for teachers and students to “magnify the good” by acknowledging something helpful that another student or teacher did. Students and teachers do a little cheer for that person.
It shows me the value of magnifying the good we see around us, which allows it to become bigger in our thinking.
After a period of feeling fear and doubt, I decided to give gratitude more diligently as a way to “magnify the good”. I have found that a gratitude app really helps me stay on top of this practice. Taking moments to fill my thought with an acknowledgement of good breaks the spell of lack, want, or depression. It gives a keen sense of God’s love, beauty, and goodness.
Gratitude enables us to feel peaceful and joyful! Gratitude has a healing effect.
So magnify the good! Notice the good around you, even the small things. Being aware of God’s presence can fill your consciousness with courage, hope, freedom, and possibilities.
A grateful heart a garden is,
Where there is always room
For every lovely, Godlike grace
To come to perfect bloom….
A grateful heart a temple is,
A shrine so pure and white,
Where angels of His presence keep
Calm watch by day or night.
(Christian Science Hymn 3)
Goodness and progress are always unfolding in our lives, but sometimes we may really want to see how it’s all going to turn out! That’s the nature of the human mind.
The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares.
God isn’t an anthropomorphic “old man” high in the sky, though we often use human terms to describe Him. Really God is more of an infinite, all-embracing, impartial, divine Love and Substance that is the Source of all. This Substance is what makes up you and me, our divine essence and nature.
I love seeing all the flowers blossom in spring. They are fantastic and the aroma is wonderful! Seeing a tree filled with hundreds of delicate blossoms helps me to see God’s love, who gives us those tiny little buds and blossoms for Her delight.
It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.
We don’t worry that the buds won’t open up; we trust they will open in just the right way and at just the right time. So it is with life. When we are praying for something, we can trust that spiritual desire to God. We can listen to God telling us that we are loved, that we are made in Her likeness to shine Her beautiful light, and patiently wait for Love to unfold Her blessing in our lives.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
I love the inspiring example of Mary Magdalene in the Bible. We don’t know a lot about this woman, but we do know that she went to Jesus seeking forgiveness and was ready to repent, change her actions, and seek Christ.
[She] stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Jesus treats her compassionately and forgives her sins (even defending her to the Pharisee who was judging her) . What a profound healing that must have been for Mary!
“Which of them will love him most?” was the Master’s question to Simon the Pharisee; and Simon replied, “He to whom he forgave most.” Jesus approved the answer, and so brought home the lesson to all, following it with that remarkable declaration to the woman, “Thy sins are forgiven.”
The part that I love is that Mary didn’t turn around and dwell on her mistakes; the Bible tells us she became a follower of Jesus, was there for him at the crucifixion and was even the first to see him after his resurrection.
What a practical, inspiring example for us today! We’ve all made past mistakes and wish we could have done things differently. But ruminating on them isn’t going to help! That is why I love the example of Mary. She didn’t need to wonder why she had done the things she had; she didn’t turn to the past to inform her who she was — whom Jesus saw that she was; she was a completely free woman fully capable of living her divine purpose going forward. The transformation that took place in her was a complete “new birth” experience.
We can all learn from Mary’s example, and go forward and shine!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Luke 7:38 KJV
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 363:18
II Corinthians 5:17 NLT