Some time ago I was invited to speak to a professional alliance about my profession: Christian Science Practitioner. Since I didn't know anyone in the audience - not even the board members of the organisation - I felt the one thing that we all can agree on, is: Good. We all know what good is, we know what good feels like, and we know how it feels when we follow and express good. It makes us feel, well, good.
So I jumped right in and invited everyone to join in me in accepting that there is a supremely good intelligence which is operating beyond the five senses, but tangible to spiritual sense in all of us. The higher law of the universe, divine Principle. God not being just good as an adjective: God is Good itself. Good is God.
It felt so natural to start my presentation for the audience from this basic premise – that Good, God, is the basis of everything. I had prepared little cards with the definition of “Good” from the Christian Science textbook, which I put in front of each individual present. Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, in the glossary in the back of her book (p. 587):
“Good. God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; omnipresence; omni-action."
Good is real and Good is here. This is the unquestioned and wonderful truth of our being, which Mary Baker Eddy discovered, and it is quite easy to get a true feel for the goodness and potential of man by looking at man from the perspective of God, Good. When your experience needs an upgrade in goodness, which we all do quite often, the prayerful work that moves us forward has been outlined by Paul in his letter to the Romans (12:2):
“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.”
I shared Paul’s counsel with the audience in a contemporary translation. Good is the will of God, but we need transformation. What do you see when you are willing to be transformed by Good itself? What do you see when you look at your fellow man from the basis of infinite goodness? How do you see the world?
Just two days ago this insight into the nature of life itself - pure goodness - resulted in an instantaneous healing in my practice. A problem, which had dragged on for a few months, was gone in an instant. And this moment of healing didn't even feel spectacular: It was normal and natural to see good expressed and to experience the man of God's creating step forward: Upright, happy, and free.
That moment in my presentation I looked into the audience, and I saw dedication, integrity, potential, compassion, and joy. You and I will see something of this Good today, too. There is no end to experiencing the fullness of Good, every day. Because Good is God. Nothing is more natural than this - and everyone can agree with Good. There is no fact more profound, more relevant, or more important for all of us to grasp - and enjoy. God is Good. Good is God.
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.