Courage to Go Forward

A sign on the front gate read, "Beware of Dog." And behind the gate was a very large red creature complete with barks, growls, and large teeth. Although my call on the man of the house was important—I was just out of college and was to see him about a job—I suddenly thought of a reason why this call was unnecessary. But the old-timer who had driven me to the place called to me from the car, "Go on in. He won't hurt you." So I did. And the minute I opened the gate the dog became quiet and escorted me to the house, his tail wagging.

When the interview was over, I returned to the car and said to my friend, "I am glad you knew that dog. I would never have gone in otherwise." He replied, "I never saw that dog before, but I thought if I told you that, you wouldn't be afraid, and he wouldn't bother you."

I was grateful that my friend was right, but I couldn't help wishing that he had actually known this particular animal before he spoke. Many times when I have faced difficult situations, I have thought of this experience and through Christian Science have realized that I was guided by ever-present, divine intelligence, which does know all that is true of whatever we face, anywhere. This intelligence is the infinite Principle, Mind, Love, which we call God. In reality God is All and good, and there is no evil. Man is God's spiritual reflection. When we turn in prayer to this intelligence, acknowledging the truth of God and man, our perception is spiritualized, our thought is enlightened, and we see all that we need to see in order to make a wise decision and to move forward constructively and courageously.

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How to Communicate
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