“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:

https://youtu.be/5UYrRWwMMZA

Trusting & Using Our Talents

TRUSTING & USING ONE’S 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.

A video form of this blog, with a sacred song, is available at this You Tube Link.  Please copy & paste into your browser:

https://youtu.be/9JMtTQAjtoU

Spirit-sculpted vs. molded identity

Are we fitting ourselves into a material mold, or continually letting our identity be shaped by Spirit or divine Love?

Being shaped moment by moment by divine Love allows us to be a blessing, and to receive blessings. (More about this later.)

Fitting our sense of identity into a material mold is really limiting for one, and it also causes us to break the second commandment – “You must not have any other god but me” (Exodus 20:3, New Living translation).
By conforming ourselves to that which is less than what the Holy Spirit directs –  having a merely material standard – we are making another god besides the one Spirit.  Staying with the One God, which is divine good, we see blessings for all.

In the last couple days I experienced such blessings. Yesterday I offered to hold the door open for a person walking behind me up to the Post Office entrance.  He was not ready to enter, but thanked me so strongly – as if my simple offer had made his day.  Not letting myself be molded by that other god called time, I was free to be neighborly.

The day before yesterday, I went to an auto mechanic shop, to have them install the new battery I’d bought for my car.  (This was my second visit there. They had given me some free help on my first visit, so now I wanted to give them some business.). Very soon a couple of workers were busy putting the battery in my car. They were working so quickly, I wondered if I’d be allowed to pay this time.  The next moment my eyes fell on an office window poster.  It showed that this shop was participating in the Napa Auto Parts program to donate part of its sales to support fallen military heroes. In just a few minutes, my car was ready, and, as I had guessed, the man in charge at Morena Automotive, in San Diego CA, said it was no charge for me – again!  However, he did honor my request to accept my small cash donation for their Fallen Heroes fund.

In retrospect, it feels like my thoughts were being divinely directed away from concern about paying what I felt I owed, to a higher consideration – simply showing appreciation, with grace, for valued service.  I was grateful that divine Love inspired me by that Fallen Heroes poster to know how I could express my appreciation for the mechanic’s kindnesses.

Christ Jesus said how to know who follows him – that they have love one to another (John 13:35). This brotherly and sisterly love has a direct effect on the type of economy we experience daily.  As I open my thought to God, I see His hand always operating through the economy of kindness, and providing the perfect currency to use in all situations!  Having infinite currency types – from wisdom to wallets – makes for a very dynamic divine and human economy!

The only currency not included in God’s economy is evil – one of those other gods. Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook* on Christian Science puts it this way:

“… mortals are hastening to learn that Life is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or the divine economy.”
p. 327, line 18
* Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

The One Soul Guides (video with music)

This video encourages considering these words of Christ Jesus, regarding entering “into the kingdom of God” :

“With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” – Mark 10: 27