Days without pressure

Jam-packed days are a lot more rewarding when they rest on prayer.

"Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late! ... Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!" cried the white Rabbit in Lewis Carroll's story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Sometimes calendars, schedules, "to do" lists, and itineraries keep us running—not unlike the white Rabbit.

While an active life, full of accomplishment, can be a good thing, the purpose of what we're doing can get lost in the fast pace of our high-tech world. Mary Baker Eddy—writing well in advance of the high-tech era—offers very up-to-date counsel in her Miscellaneous Writings. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science observes, "Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much."

Sometimes our myriad assignments and activities lure us into the belief that we're accomplishing a great deal because we can check items off our lists or fill in blocks of blank calendar space. But we'll accomplish more, and avoid much frustration, if we put our efforts on a spiritual basis. When we turn to God in prayer each day, we find our activities uplifted by God-inspired thoughts. This helps relieve us of feeling rigidly bound—or even trapped—by a tight schedule or by a false sense of responsibility.

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Spiritual poise or pose?
November 30, 1992

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