A few years ago, during the presidential campaign, a theologian’s statement about God caused the press to sit up and take notice. For days, the media harped on several of –what they called — the minister’s negative statements. But most striking to me was what he said in one of his televised sermons, “We treat people according to our concept of God.” He didn’t go deeply into what he meant, but because I am a student of the Science of Mind the statement caught my attention. As I mused over the statement, a simple way to look at it came to mind: our concept of God either limits us or frees us.
A traditional religious concept of God is that He determines our destiny. We have nothing to do with it; our life and all our experiences are foreordained. The belief is that God is a powerful King in the sky. He rules from a distance. He is a jealous, angry and vengeful ruler and only sometimes, if we figure out what He wants and obey the command, he is a loving father. But we must always beg for his attention. We may never really succeed in getting our desire fulfilled because he is too busy for someone unimportant like us, but we try anyway. We must beseech Him to do something for us if it is His will. If we aren’t granted our wish, we may never have that thing in our life that we desire because it isn’t God’s will and we don’t have the power to get it for ourselves. The whole reason to worship this kind of God is not to create a life we’d like to live but to prepare us to spend eternity in this kingdom called Heaven.
The Science of Mind teaches us that God in me, as me, creates my destiny by way of my thoughts, by the consciousness that I have developed. God is the one and only Creative Power that is both within and without us. It’s everywhere. It is the power that creates everything. Communicating with this God is through our own mind and cultivating acceptance of what is already available to us in idea as potential. So, yes, there is plenty for us to do, but we do it without begging or beseeching. We learn to identify with this Creative All-Presence, state our desire, acknowledge that Its Creative Principle is not only listening but is doing something about it. We let go of it and allow the Creator to do Its work. Science of Mind removes the fear that God isn’t listening to us. WE are listening to us, because God in us, is us and because we understand that we are co-creators with God. Through Spiritual Mind treatment we begin to develop the consciousness of our desire as already real, already done. This realization opens us up to accept that the good we desire is already in the process of unfolding.
Yes, today both these concepts of God exist side by side. The question then for us is: which concept binds you? Which concept frees you? You have the freedom to choose. Make your choice today and create the destiny you desire. Live in Heaven here and now.
I DETERMINE MY DESTINY
As an individualization of Infinite Mind, the only Universal Cause, I am self-governed. I determine my destiny. I realize that due to my Divine Nature I have all the wisdom I require at every moment to create a joyful life. I am one with Infinite Mind. This means that I look to It and It alone for my health, my self-expression, for my purpose in life, for healthy relationships and abundance. I declare that my good is always appearing, and though it comes through human channels, my good always begins with my word. I speak my word now for the good I desire, and I expect it. I commit all my words and actions to creating a healthy, abundant and joyful life. Every good that I require appears at the exact right time. I believe in myself; I believe in my good. I accept it and I give thanks for it. And so it is.
Affirmation: My good is always appearing
Rev. Joan McCall
Author of “The Science of Mind Way to Success, Wealth & Love”- published by Devorss & Co.
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