Dealing with Pressures

Some pressures in human life seem to be good and others harmful. We distinguish between the two by their effects. James said: "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh."  James 3:11, 12; If we recognize a pressure as brought about by some urgent spiritual need, it can cause us to work more diligently and effectively to express our God-given freedom.

Once there was a lot of paper work piling up on my desk. I was resisting the routine but necessary chore of bill paying. Resisting what I felt I should be doing brought pressure. I had a headache. At the same time I was feeling that I should pressure a relative into a certain course of action. It was like pushing against a wall. I took these pressures as warning signals. Reasoning according to Christian Science that, after all, God is the only Mind, the only authority for man's expression and actions, I gave up the personal pressure on my relative. Then I paid my bills. The headache disappeared. Never have I had a headache disappear so quickly.

Whatever jars us loose from unfruitful thinking and results in a healing or the resolution of some problem can be considered a healthy stimulus.

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