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From the May 5, 2014 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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Some years ago I played golf with a man who at 90 still walked the golf course, practiced most days, and even bought a video camera to see how he could improve his golf swing. He had interests in music, theater, good books, his children and grandchildren, art, and many other activities. He was an inspiration to many. Another friend, also around 90, still played tennis and skied in the winter. To me, both seemed ageless!

I know of many others who are remarkably active in advanced years. But what if we are struggling with thoughts of aging? Is there something we can do? We might well ask ourselves: What am I believing? What am I seeing? What am I accepting? We are never too old or too young to dismantle in thought any images of aging.

Throughout history there have been folks who have not accepted limitation or fear, and through their closeness to God—the source of all true strength—have overcome threatening circumstances, illness, poverty, even death. Think of characters in the Bible such as Moses, not accepting the subjugation of the Egyptians; David facing a challenge from Goliath; Daniel entering the lions’ den; and Noah finding a way to face up to a flood.

The divine Mind represents limitless being, limitless unfoldment.

Christ Jesus overcame limitations of every imaginable kind. He defied the laws of physics by walking on the sea; he strode, unseen, through a hostile crowd; he demonstrated plentiful supply by feeding thousands of his followers; he cured all sorts of diseases, transcending all humanly circumscribed boundaries. He not only showed us the way, but also urged us to go out and do the same: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils” (Matthew 10:8).

There is also ample evidence in the Scriptures that we don’t have to buy into the belief of decline or any restrictions relating to age, health, or supply. At no stage need we accept or succumb to restricted activity or narrowing opportunities. For example, Caleb in the Bible said that at 85 he was as strong as he was at 40 when Moses sent him to check out the land for the Israelites (see Joshua 14:6-11).

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, who launched an international daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, in her late 80s, succinctly summed things up in this statement: “The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age. ... Chronological data are no part of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 246).

The divine Mind represents limitless being, limitless unfoldment, limitless expression, limitless intelligence, limitless healing. How logical, then, to refuse to accept the world’s beliefs and fears about aging. It’s God in whom we “live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

So let us take thought away from the bodily structure, dispense with doubts and fears, false images and suggestions. Instead, and more important, let us consistently pray to understand better the nature of God and the facts of our ageless, spiritual being. In God’s love and strong, supporting presence we enjoy unending harmony and good health.

There is nothing to stop us from going forth each day with renewed vigor and a greater sense of vitality, rejoicing every moment in God’s goodness and ceaseless activity.

Brian Kissock is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher in Northern Ireland. Last year he won his golf club’s match-play tournament, more than half a century after he had first won it.

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