LIFE WITHOUT CYNICISM

Last year, when I was thinking about how I could better serve God, the thought came to me to take a stand against cynicism. During some self-examination, I discovered that this attitude was heavily influencing my every thought and keeping me from seeing man as God creates him, as loving, spiritual, and perfect. I also realized that I was spreading cynicism freely! But taking a stand was not as easy as I thought. This was a long-standing habit, and to break its hold, I had to pray daily (some days moment by moment!) to refute the belief that cynicism had more power than God. I also affirmed that God, Mind, would give me the alertness and strength to take my stand for the truth each day. Added to this prayer was the expectation that God, Love, was enabling me to succeed.

Every day I read the Bible and Science and Health. Then one day I discovered this line: "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness" (Science and Health, p. 332). This really encouraged me. As God's spiritual idea, I could hear only His voice, His thoughts of goodness, which were void of cynicism. And I realized that it is the Christ, not a human, mortal tongue, that silently speaks to mankind and voices the good about God's beloved sons and daughters—you and me.

January 12, 1998
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