Overcoming disappointment through single-minded spirituality

Disappointment. It's sometimes just a nuisance, but other times quite a challenge to overcome. We may stew over something longer than we know we should, but somehow just not be able to get rid of the feeling that we have been let down.

Regaining our joy and satisfaction—really regaining it, not just ignoring our unhappiness—takes more than waiting for time to cover it or a mood to change. It takes deep, consecrated prayer. What seems most needed is to be single-, not double-minded in our desire to overcome all challenges through spiritual means alone.

A double-minded person lacks singleness of spiritual insight and power; he forgoes the rightful dominion that belongs to a child of God. Spirituality and true joy aren't promises reserved for a place called "heaven." They can be realized here and now. However, focusing thought on materiality and imperfect human ideals prevents us from even approaching this goal, since spirituality proceeds only from the one, single Mind, God. It is only through our viewing the world and all life as spiritual, reflecting the one Spirit—and our efforts to demonstrate this fact—that bliss and spirituality are attainable.

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A green isle of refreshment
July 7, 1986

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