Smooth sailing down the slopes

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It was the 12th day of our Christmas ski vacation, and I felt I’d exhausted every ounce of energy skiing the steepest, most challenging terrain during the previous 11 days. I’d planned to spend this last day leisurely driving back to the city, but because a dear friend was eagerly anticipating another day on the slopes, I found myself instead riding the chairlift to the top of the mountain—again. I was doing my best to look pleased with this change in my plans, but inwardly I didn’t know where I’d find the strength to ski one more run—let alone spend the whole day with a fresh, enthusiastic athlete!

The ride on the lift, however, gave me an opportunity to mentally address my concerns from the perspective of Christian Science.

First, I checked my motives for participating in this activity. My friend was dependent on me for transportation, and if I went home, he’d lose his day of skiing. I didn’t want to spoil his joy. An unselfish motive has the power of God, divine Love, behind it, and I knew I could depend on this power, rather than on my own physical strength or will, to support the entire venture.

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