God is thinking all the time. All the time - for eternity God is thinking thoughts and this will never stop. You can call these thoughts ideas, and they are powerful stuff, because God's thoughts are what is real. They are everywhere.
How do you know that thoughts are God's thoughts? We think a lot of thoughts, too. And some thoughts are itchy and prickly, some feel strange and some hurt. These thoughts are not God's thoughts. Thoughts from God are our friends, and if thoughts are not our friends they are not from God.
So thoughts that are our friends are thoughts from God. They love us and love everything in God's world, full of thoughts. God is Love, pure, warm Love, all good. So here is a little help for you. You know that thoughts are from God, Love, when they feel...
- curious like a little fox
- quiet like someone is listening
- generous like you have enough
- good like a promise kept
- beautiful like a reflection in a puddle
- comfy like a warm blanket
- happy like a day by the sea
- grand like the big mountains
- giggling like children in a tent
- elegant like a whale in the ocean
- tasty like hot chocolate
- swift like a bird flying high
- funny like a butterfly on a frog
- together like people singing
- patient like children waiting
- silly like a happy kangaroo
- big like a world
- courageous like a new image and
- healing like a heart saying "yes"!
In Psalm 139 you can read:
"Your thoughts are of great worth to me, O God. How many they are!"
You have the right and might to live within God's thoughts. You can think God's thoughts and feel God's love, every day. God's thoughts are really of great worth - and so are you!
To love our neighbor as ourselves takes a million forms, gazillion forms actually. One simple one, often overlooked because it is so simple, became clear to me this week. To love our neighbor as ourselves means to search for good in our neighbor. Really search and see. Mary Baker Eddy writes that "blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good." (p. 518)
The realm to which I immediately could apply this enlarged dimension of love as search is the realm of work. We often work with others, we work in teams or schools or communities or churches together. We also encounter the work of others in the workplace, in schools and universities, in companies and agencies. We also encounter the work of others in our daily life which is shaped by people and contractors in the building world, our email providers, phone companies, electric companies. There are farmers who produce the food we eat, people who are selling us something we want to buy, providing services we need. In our neighborhood people live who work, every day. In my neighborhood I encounter daily vivid businesses, from restaurants to handmade soaps to photography. I live about a photographer's studio, down the street are many small shops and businesses, all local, all honest and good. All work, work, work.
So when it comes to a connection - I can enjoy to take a special interest in the others' work and place it above my own. And check off "Love your neighbor as yourself" immediately. Done! We must do this for peace and mutual understanding. That is how the kingdom of heaven - the dimension of Love - is built. And it is built locally.
Paul writes: "Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves. None of you should think only of his own affairs, but should learn to see things from other people's point of view." (Phil. 2:3, Philips)
There is never a reason to be harsh to anyone, even if our own need seems pressing or urgent. There is no excuse ever for putting our own needs ahead of the needs of others. I am learning this every day. We can see things from other people's point of view, and a great way to start is the honest interest in the other's work. Is there a team project going on? Can you start by looking at the others' contributions first before presenting your own? Is a business transaction under way? Or a school project you prepare with others? Or a normal walk down your street in which you notice something? Can you enlarge your world by shrinking your sense of yourself and let others' grow a little bit more - by really being interested in what they do and why they do it? Take a peek over the shoulder of another person and find out what he or she is doing as we speak. Be he/she your colleague or neighbor, an accountant, journalist, clerk, plumber, agent, architect, swimmer, farmer, practitioner, teacher, artist, cook or student. Just an honest interest. Pure and simple.
The warmth of Love, dear divine Love, is breezing around you as you do this. Because this is the way Love recognizes you - now you are a factor in Love's project of healing and peace for all mankind. You've entered the stage.
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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