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Two minutes early
Recently, I was in a bind. I was late leaving the house because my dog had dawdled on her walk, and it looked as if there was no way I would be at my next destination in time. Frustrated, I decided to challenge this circumstance through prayer. My desire to be prompt was a good one, as was my patience with the dog. I reasoned that both desires were intelligent, and therefore their source was God, or Mind. And if I accepted the premise that God governs His universe of intelligent ideas in harmony, then I must also admit that those ideas do not conflict.
Embracing this line of thought as I drove to my appointment, I rejected the temptation to speed and to cut off a slower vehicle at a light. Promptness, patience, courtesy, and obedience to the law are all intelligent qualities and therefore must work together to produce good results. Instead of looking at the clock in the car, I mentally insisted that God was in control of His universe, including my tiny corner of it, and that I moved according to His timetable. I arrived at my destination two minutes early.
This small experience has stayed with me. It impressed on me the value of checking my attitude frequently and letting it be reshaped, moment by moment, with what I understand to be in line with divine Principle, God. In his letter to the early Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul put it this way: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed” (Romans 12:2, J. B. Phillips, The New Testament in Modern English, Revised Edition).