Are you up to date?

Keeping up to date implies much more than superficially conforming to current fashion trends, or even meeting the work deadlines or paying the bills. We have to ask ourselves if we are really matching thought to each situation that arises, really answering today's demands today.

Lagging behind usually arises from one of two misconceptions. Either we seem to have run out of whatever we rightly need—time, money, materials—or else what we have available doesn't seem to be in the right form for the particular requirement. But arrears are always basically arrears of thought.

Are we perhaps believing that our thought isn't big enough or smart enough or flexible enough to keep us abreast of the demands on us? Then, we'll always seem to be pitting ourselves against almost impossible odds. We'll go on thinking of ourselves as limited mortals, dependent on our own resources, capacity, intelligence, and inhibited by our own personal traditions, history, and heredity.

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God: the Principle known as Love
November 26, 1984

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