"Trusting God with our desires"

Earnest desires for good health, a worthwhile job, satisfying companionship, or a peaceful world are basic impulses for progressive action. Our dependence on God's power and guidance to control our desires will not be ineffectual. Mrs. Eddy writes, "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds." Science and Health, p. 1;

Great possibilities open up to us as we rely upon God to direct our lives. God is infinite Principle and omnipotent Mind. Our desires can rise to express Principle's unlimited goodness and Mind's supreme wisdom. Trusting God, who is infinite substance, instead of merely aiming to get something worldly, brings true gain, spiritual satisfaction, and joy. As we rely on God, our ever-righteous and mighty source of good, even a wish for earthly things is uplifted and purified so that we become human messengers ready to convey expansive spiritual ideas in practical ways. We cannot presently conceive of all the infinite possibilities for good God's boundless wisdom provides. But we can rejoice now in God's intelligent government of His creation and immediately express a goodly measure of Mind's progressive activity.

For instance, we can even turn to God when we have a desire for personal companionship. We are in need of love and God is divine Love, the source of all righteous affection. Prayerfully turning to God, we will realize that our heavenly Father is already loving us, His spiritual offspring, embracing us in His impartial and tender care. The warmth of feeling God's deep love for His spiritual child fills the lack we may have felt while looking for our completeness in a narrow human relationship. We realize that we are already correlated forever with the source of all love, God. Instantaneously we can know the joy of impartial love. In worthwhile ways we can express this universal love to everyone we meet. Blessings and renewed happiness are certain results. Mere human yearning has yielded to a boundless sense of loving and being loved, everywhere and all the time.

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"God helps those who help themselves"
March 13, 1971

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