Using What We Have in Our House

In overcoming the false belief of lack and limitation and experiencing the abundant unfolding of good, it is essential that we use what we have in our house, that is, our understanding of the truth about God, man, and substance; that we use what we already have gained of spiritual understanding to annul the claim of lack. We also can rightly use all that we have of material provision.

On page 578 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy renders the sixth verse of the twenty-third Psalm as follows: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love] for ever." This helps us to understand that we express harmony proportionately as we dwell in the consciousness of Love. Thus we see why it is important that we appreciate and utilize the good we have, thereby making room for and rising to a fitness to receive and intelligently and wisely use more.

A mother, left without financial security, was called upon to prove the value of utilizing all her present supply, as well as developing her talents to serve. Many times through the years there was need for great courage and perseverance. On one such occasion discouragement had been accepted to such an extent that household duties had been neglected while self-pity had been indulged; but having glimpsed the Christ, Truth, sufficiently to know that there was a way out, she made a prayerful effort to seek divine guidance. Then she was led to use what she had in setting her own house in order. This was done carefully and thoroughly, bringing out order and beauty, using every least item to the best advantage. When she had first corrected her thinking and the task at hand was properly finished, she was thereby prepared and led to seek work which she was qualified to do. In a short time a call came which opened the way for her to serve another, and this brought increase in the family income. This proved to her the wisdom of our first using what we have in our house, of applying the understanding of Truth we have already gained.

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October 3, 1942

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