Green Fields at Home

Beauty, plenty, harmony, love, are divinely natural expressions of Life; and it is possible for these qualities to be brought out most richly in all true existence. To many people their sense of life may seem monotonous or disappointing; whereas it should be beautiful. Youth looks forward with great expectations, hoping to obtain in the future wonderful things: it is a time of desire; nothing seems too great to be accomplished, nothing too good to come true; it sees itself in the future in the center of enchanting activities. Middle age often finds disappointment, when really, if Life's laws had been understood, that which was true in youth's outlook would have been realized.

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." These words of Christ Jesus point to a hidden law. Hidden it seems to be, for so few, comparatively, understand it. Hope of an existence full of good is right, and need not be disappointed or unfulfilled. God's man expresses perfect life. "Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder" means that man has dominion, and that obstacles are to be used by us as stepping-stones to rise higher in the knowledge of divine power.

Mrs. Eddy says, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 242): "There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality—to have no other consciousness of life—than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses." The great mistake we make is that we fear good cannot be expressed, or that where we are is the wrong place for our own unfolding of good. This is not true! Where we are, we can do our best work. There we can find our full supply. There can our fullest energies be used. No existence is barren; no place is desolate; everywhere there is wonderful opportunity. No material circumstance or condition can overthrow divine power. Reverse the belief of fear with the knowledge that where you now are you can bring out God's beauty and bounty. We limit God's power when we think that in some other place or under other circumstances better things could be done.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

The Growth of the Church
January 26, 1924

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.