Why Are We Competing?

God's qualities constitute a heavenly endowment for man of everything that is good, real, perfect, and permanent. There is no other supply, satisfaction, power, or government. All God's children forever share the beneficence of God in equally abundant proportions.

And yet, believing that our existence is mortal and material rather than spiritual, we place ourselves in competition. We feel that we must struggle to meet our needs. And we are persuaded that we must prove to ourselves, our families, our friends, our business associates, and even to strangers that we are doing better than someone else.

Quite possibly we are doing better than many people. But mortal mind, or the materially personal sense of existence, is never satisfied. So we sometimes think we must keep on struggling to compete, to get ahead of someone, to demonstrate status. This is nothing but a false sense of self. What we really need to do is to silence these suggestions of limitation, of human striving, and lift our thought in humble gratitude to God for the abundance of good we already have. The demand to get our fair share, to get what we have coming to us, can be an argument of the devil, or evil one, to lull us into a false belief of lack and unfulfillment.

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The Language of Spirit
March 23, 1968

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