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Olympic ideals and today’s Christianity

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Olympic ideals win gold

By Mark Sappenfield

The Olympics are coming—a great, big, supersize portion of national pride mixed in with amazing athletes, their even more amazing stories, and a healthy side of corporate sponsorship, all neatly wrapped in a bow nightly by Bob Costas.

We love the Olympics. NBC would not have spent $4.4 billion to broadcast the next four after London if we didn’t. But as London prepares—spending more than $14 billion itself and even considering putting missile launchers atop local roofs for security—the question arises: What are the Olympics, really?

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Posted in Childlike, Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Life, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing, Supply, Self-Worth, Finances


This past week I was working on being more independent. No one wants to feel like they are dependent on anything. We all want to feel liberated, confident and free!

True independence actually comes from our total dependence on God, divine Love. Divine Love, God, is the source of all happiness, health, supply, purpose, vibrancy, companionship, order, creativity, etc.  And these come into our experience when we lean on Him/Her, when we go right to the Source.

If I want to feel happiness, I know that God, divine Love, is supplying me with infinite happiness this moment. God is providing me the opportunities to express this happiness and share it with others. Happiness is a quality of God so it is inherent in us! We were made to be happy 🙂

If I want to feel more health, activity or strength, I know that God is the source of all energy and is giving me boundless strength right now! God did not create or send sickness to any of us. It is our divine right to dispute  sickness at all times! And our thoughts (the ones that come from God) protect us. Good thoughts are the best immune system you have!

If we want to feel more fulfillment in our lives, we can rejoice that we are the satisfied ideas of God, divine Love. God saw all that She made and it was very good! That sounds pretty satisfied to me.
Be watchful of any unconscious pull towards materialism or thinking that matter can make us happy. Rejoice in the simplicity, beauty and childlikeness around you right now! Sometimes when I look around my house and feel that I want “more” I remember that a baby, child or pet doesn’t care what you have. They feel and value the love, joy and comfort that is around them. We can be that child, too, and feel so satisfied with the positive, abundant qualities that are with us all the time.

Go for a walk; look for something “new” that you’ve never noticed before. I did that on a walk home with my dogs when I was feeling kind of bored with our route. Every few steps I strived to notice something new that I hadn’t consciously appreciated before. And now I see light, joy and comfort expressed all around me on this route. You may even want to stop and explore a new area that looks appealing. It’s important to keep exploring new things – expand & grow. Don’t contract or confine your viewpoint and experience. Grow! 🙂

So as we think about Independence Day, here in America, we can rejoice in knowing our complete freedom, our independence, comes from all the good that God, divine Love, is supplying us each moment. And we can be so grateful that the Truth does indeed make us free!



Posted in Future/stability/security, Life

Our eternal life purpose

I just returned from a trip to Boston.

It was great to meet with people, share insights, experiences, and ideas for progress and betterment.

The latter half of my visit was for my annual spiritual Association meting.  Each year I gather with a group of people to listen to and learn new spiritual ideas and metaphysical insights.  These are lessons on Life, Love, Spirit, Soul, Mind.  Everyone who goes through a class in Christian Science becomes part of an annual Association.  It’s like a post-graduate course in metaphysics (in learning more about a spiritual sense of God).

I am very grateful for these annual Association meetings where I get to learn and expand my spiritual growth.  I attended a spiritual talk on Saturday and participated in workshops throughout the weekend.

One of the “Life Lessons” I learned about this weekend was:

  • Be true to your spiritual selfhood—your unique individuality.

Mankind has such diversity.  And I appreciate each one’s uniqueness.  We don’t have to try to be like someone else.  And, in fact, we can’t — we each have our own niche to fulfill.

“Each individual must fulfill his own niche in time and eternity.” (Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy)

Have you ever considered that you have an eternal purpose?  That you will always have a purpose?  And that those who have gone before you have a purpose and are expressing it now?

Life is another name for God.  And we all have the same life!  Those who have passed on are aware and conscious of their eternal experience. I think this is a beautiful concept to meditate on: those who have gone before us are still fully expressing their life purpose, embodying eternal Life, and living in divine Love, never separated from Good.

If we listen to our spiritual intuition, we will hear these insights; we will see the wholeness and completeness of Life; Life is really like a sphere (and not a straight line with a start and finish).

I hope these ideas will give you some peace and inspire you to live the vitality Life and Love in your day today.


Many blessings