One day, as I went to see a friend, I found him with a group of other friends under the shade of a tree. They were discussing with great passion a radio program that they had just heard, and that was about “planning our life.” According to the host of that show, many men and women in my country spend two-thirds of their time looking for a better life without ever finding it. Many have no job and no home and depend on their family, feeling that their life is on a slippery slope, with no security and no hope for tomorrow.
The host of the radio program had therefore invited the younger generation to wake up, adding that if they had the opportunity, people should not hesitate to leave the country and go elsewhere. These words had upset my friends. Many were already thinking about the best way to get out of the country, in hopes of finding a better life abroad. Some were so angry at the idea of being trapped and unable to change their situation that they were ready to resort to violence, if needed, to find a solution.
Walking back home, as I thought about that heated conversation with my friends, I was filled with fear. I was finding the reasoning and conclusions of the radio host more and more pertinent. At that time, I was working for the Christian Science Reading Room as a volunteer. I found it difficult to make ends meet, and often could not even meet my most basic needs. Troubled by these negative thoughts, I considered following up on a friend’s offer, which I had previously received, to leave the country with his financial support. However, that meant leaving my volunteer work at the Reading Room.
During that mental storm, the thought came to me to open my Bible. Inside, I found a piece of paper on which someone had written two passages . The first passage started with the following words: “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). The second was from Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 by Mary Baker Eddy: “He that seeketh aught besides God, loseth in Life, Truth, and Love” (p. 358).
I could not remember when this piece of paper had been placed in my Bible, or who had done it. But it was as if someone knew exactly all my concerns, and was offering me help. These truths woke me up, so I started to reason as I had been learning in Christian Science. This Science teaches that God is All-in-all, that we should always put Him first in our life, and that we must awaken to our spiritual identity as children of God, created in His image and likeness. This Science also teaches that we all depend on the one and only Father, God, who always meets our needs, without partiality. God is divine Love, always taking care of His children. After thinking and praying with these ideas, the temptation to flee my country disappeared completely.
We all depend on the one and only Father, God, who always meets our needs, without partiality.
But I decided to go see a Christian Science practitioner and ask him to pray for me, as I was still struggling with serious concerns about not having all my basic needs met. The practitioner brought to light how much I was loved by God, and invited me to fix my thought on the account of creation in the first chapter of Genesis, together with its spiritual interpretation given by Mary Baker Eddy in the chapter called “Genesis,” in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The practitioner assured me that we are all under the government of divine Principle, and added that divine abundance includes all that we need daily, since we live in a world filled with inexhaustible and infinite spiritual possibilities.
What the practitioner said convinced me that I did not need to go to a specific geographical location in order to demonstrate the omnipresence of God, infinite good. Qualities such as satisfaction, generosity, joy, compassion, and abundance are permanent and part of who I am. They are my true riches, and they are present at all times. After this meeting, I felt completely free from any sense of fear or despair.
Shortly afterward, a friend came to the Reading Room while I was working. After closing time, we kept talking about Christian Science. Then he offered me a job, working on some of his lands, without having to pay him rent. I accepted gladly.
I started growing vegetables and selling them. In the beginning I had to overcome some challenges, since I was new at this job, but then I began to enjoy it. A few months later, I was able to expand my work to an additional piece of land—this one rented. My business started to develop rapidly until I was able to obtain a small loan from a bank that specialized in micro-credits.
What seemed difficult or even impossible in the beginning became easy and possible thanks to the understanding gained through Christian Science that we all already have infinite ideas within our consciousness. Therefore, having already all, we cannot wish for more!
I often hear people say that if we had a different government, and if the economic crisis were finally over, then we would all be able to pay our bills, get jobs, register for college, etc. My experience has shown me that we do not need to fall into that trap. We can enjoy our divine right to abundance, today. Our Master, Christ Jesus, explained: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35).
We can always prayerfully affirm that we have the mind “which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5), and demonstrate that the resources we need are purely mental; they are spiritual ideas that will meet all our needs, and are already within our reach.
Masisa Tadio Nazert lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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