Losing a fear of lack

When we gain a right sense of what comes first in our priorities, we gain in lots of other ways too.

Money is obviously a very useful commodity. Most of us can't get very far without it. But is money really worth the cost of our living in fear about it?

An uneasy preoccupation with money, an underlying fear that income won't be sufficient to meet our needs, can be put off when we take to heart the Scriptural promises of God's love for us. We can learn to trust in Him and actually feel His loving, constant care. We can also learn to count on Him day by day for the supply we need in order to meet legitimate expenses. This is not beyond anyone's grasp but is a very natural thing to do. After all, the Bible tells us that we are God's own offspring, that He made us in His image, that He loves His children and gives them all good. And since He is the source of our being and we are dependent on Him for our very existence, there shouldn't really be hesitation about turning to Him for what we need in order to carry on our daily lives. No person has to settle for a life marred by nagging fear or insufficient income, not when we all have a Father whose love is so all-encompassing, so unending, so eternally sure.

Christian Science draws upon what the Bible says about God's abundant care for us. It explains spiritual truths in such clear terms that one can understand and begin proving them day by day. This Science of Christ helps people to understand their relationship to God—to learn that they are not incomplete material beings but in reality His spiritual reflection, having right now all that God has. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, once said to some of her students, as one of them recalled: "When you stand before a mirror and look at your reflection, it is the same as the original. Now you are God's reflection. If His hands are full, your hands are full, if you image Him. You cannot know lack." Quoted in We Knew Mary Baker Eddy (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1979), p. 134. Even a glimpse of this spiritual fact has power to lift fear and encourage confidence that God does provide for our every human need. Not just airy words these; I have experienced their truth.

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Praising God
April 24, 1989

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