Fostering Proper Development

It often looks as though our careers and bodies, and life in general, develop in response to random factors. Grasping that all development is initiated and directed by Spirit makes all the difference. It lets us challenge negative development.

Are we developing rightly? How is our consciousness flowering? And what course is our growth taking? We should frequently ask ourselves these questions—and answer them spiritually. A satisfying spiritual answer is in Mary Baker Eddy's commentary on the passage, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so." Gen. 1:11; Of this passage she says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all." Science and Health, p. 508;

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