“Living Beyond Fear by Watching with divine Love”

There is an interesting historical event about a Union Civil War soldier who was guarding a breastworks.  He sensed danger, even though he did not see or hear anything alarming.  He started to sing a hymn.  Then he felt at peace.  Years later he found out that his singing had saved his life – when he met the Confederate soldier, who recognized him by his singing voice.  That Confederate soldier had had his gun aimed at the Union soldier when the latter started singing a hymn; the singing  caused the other soldier to lower his gun.   You can read the account in detail on page 311 of Rolling Away The Stone by Stephen Gottschalk.

The above story emphasizes to me the great value and necessity of “watching” with more than our eyes and ears.  In part, it inspires the upcoming video series, which is introduced in this video.  Please copy and paste this into your web browser to view:


Trusting & Using Our Talents


Today’s topic is trusting one’s abilities, or talents – thereby putting them to use for the good of all. Here is some wisdom on this topic from Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science. The first quotation is from Miscellany:

To do good to all because we love all, and to use in God’s service the one talent that we all have, is our only means of adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep discontent with our shortcomings.
My. 195:15

And here’s the other quote:

Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good, and sets mortals at work to discover what God has already done; but distrust of one’s ability to gain the goodness desired and to bring out better and higher results, often hampers the trial of one’s wings and ensures failure at the outset.
SH 260:13

Where does one’s ability to gain goodness come from? It must be ours by our direct relation to God, Spirit, as our Father.

However, if we think that dust has fathered us, we must first wake up to our source in Spirit, as Christ Jesus instructed –

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Matt 23:9

And a parable of Jesus shows how important it is to trust and use the goodness of our talents: Matt. 25: 1, 14-29 (Moffatt translation)

Investing with our talents, they multiply.
Hiding our talents in the earth, because we’re afraid, “ensures failure at the outset”. If we think keeping our talents and our worth in material things will preserve them, we are thinking incorrectly. Any talent we have is expressed by our spiritual reflection of God’s nature – which is divine Love, Life, Truth, Soul, Mind, Spirit and Principle.

Everyday we get reminders to use our talents, when we look for them.

The other day I saw a billboard sign that said “BEST IF USED”. It referred to using food, rather than wasting it. It reminded me to see that my talents also are BEST IF USED! We all have talents that are best, if used!

Classify any drag we feel on expressing those talents as coming from what Jesus called “The Liar”, and do not listen to them. In the Bible, 1st Peter 5:8&9 (Moffatt) we get excellent counsel on recognizing and defeating lies.

Treat our talents as a piece of prime real estate to be developed. Investing our reflected energy from Spirit into developing our talents, they will multiply.

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