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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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The one healing power
AURELIO J. COLTRI
The true concept of man checks crime
BETTY JEAN HICKMAN
Removing the source of trouble
JEAN D. LOUIS
ALMA A. KONIGSLOW
What college reentry demands
KATHERINE COLBY TOOMIRE
No turning back
MARGARET SINGLETON DECKER
Animated by Christ
NATHAN A. TALBOT
Unscrambling the egg
Knowing the truth makes us free
The first time I earnestly turned to Christian Science...
JEANNE L. GARDNER with contributions from RICHARD B. GARDNER
Soon after the beginning of school last year, our daughter's first-grade...
KATHRYN L. WILLIAMSON with contributions from JULIE WILLIAMSON
Before I retired, I worked in a factory making photographic...
REGINALD JAMES STANLEY
A few years ago, while I was browsing through a bookstore looking...
DEBORAH JANINE KENT
Some years ago I read several articles in the Christian Science...
EDNA BROCKNER with contributions from ARTHUR BROCKNER
LETTERS TO THE PRESS
with contributions from WILLIAM E. MOODY, HEIDI F. MC WHARF