There will be movement

In this issue of the Sentinel, you’ve been reading about all sorts of inspired insights and experiences. Isn’t it fascinating how spiritual growth, in one way or another, was a key element to each step of a person’s progress? As encouraging as other people’s experiences are, what is your path of spiritual growth? To admit that you’re actually completely spiritual and good, well, isn’t that a bit bold? Mary Baker Eddy was aware of this, so she encouraged people to “emerge gently from matter into Spirit” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 485) and “… emerge gently into Life everlasting” (Message to The Mother Church for 1901, p. 10).

To emerge gently into Spirit and Life everlasting is such an appealing aim when you stop to think about it. To consent to it means that you just can’t sit still; there will be movement. The movement takes place in thought—in the way you perceive yourself, including your origin. While the world sees you (and you may often see yourself this way also) as a limited, even weak, mortal who had a beginning entirely in matter, God beholds you as His precise and brilliant spiritual expression. The perfection of God, the ability of God, the abundance of God, is presented in you, just as the thought of a composer is reflected in the melodies in a symphony. The true idea of God is you—you are an ideal creation!

Your love for and knowledge of God increases as this ideal model of yourself is welcomed in with a humble heart. Watch how your love for God and your true identity moves you forward and how, spontaneously, you step ahead in your spiritual growth. God and everything God does increases in your thought. Fear and ignorance decrease and evaporate. “Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side,” says the Bible (Psalms 71:21).

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