Animated by Christ

Most people don't think too much about what animates them. But they should—a lot. However, as long as things roll along with relative smoothness, people tend to simply accept without question whatever mental and physical momentum they may have at the time. How about you? Have you spent any time today specifically considering what moves or impels your thoughts and acts?

Real animation comes from God. The Christ—the true idea of God—is always active; it is always vital, always operative. It enlivens, vitalizes, invigorates. Understanding this can bring a thoroughly renewed direction to our lives. It can quicken and refresh the way we think about things—and the actions our thoughts lead us to take. But we need to actively pursue an understanding of the constant impact the Christ is having on our lives. Otherwise we may find ourselves inadvertently drawn into a material view of what animates us. And that view has many pitfalls.

A material concept of existence traces actions back to flesh and muscles, to a brain, to matter instead of to Spirit. Materiality is an erring mental concept rather than true substance. It is actually a description or picture of existence as limited rather than immortal.

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Unscrambling the egg
October 1, 1979

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