Do things or thoughts rule us?

Depending on one's possessions for happiness is risky business.

A visit to celebrate with family and friends. It was supposed to be a time of joy. My wife and I were far from joyous, however, when someone broke into our car and stole everything in it food, clothing, gifts, even our dog's bed. I felt overwhelmed at first, but the lesson I learned taught me more and brought me greater joy than any other family celebration.

Distraught about the theft and fretful about the impact it would have on our already strained finances, I soon fell seriously ill. Treatment through prayer, however, by a Christian Science practitioner helped to lift my thinking above self-pity and the condemnation of whoever had taken our possessions. It helped me realize a simple, but profound, spiritual truth: thoughts, not things, govern man. In fact, spiritual thoughts from God, or divine ideas not material objects constitute the real substance of man's being.

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