Expanding Our Expectancy

When we wake up in the morning and remember some good thing is planned to happen during the day, it is a pleasure to get going. The light seems brighter; the routine tasks are less burdensome; our feet have wings.

Expectancy of good is an important factor in our lives. It exerts a powerfully uplifting and expanding influence over us— that is, it does if it is God-inspired, for then it sets up a high goal of spiritual accomplishment and promises that with honest effort we can attain it. Expectancy provides a healthy focus for our activity, hastens our progress toward true satisfaction and happiness, and makes life vital and worthwhile. If we seem to be going through a hard time—a tunnel experience of human existence—it provides light at the end to cheer us on.

When so much is at stake, we are wise constantly to check on our expectations and make sure we are holding in thought only good hopes that proceed from God, divine Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, rather than fears that come from a lack of understanding of Him. In fact, the hopes are the only expectations that truly exist—the only ones that are valid and can actually influence us, since God is the only cause. There is no other.

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May 8, 1976

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