What are we convincing ourselves of?
by MARCIA HUFSTADER
Member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist
Every day we are bombarded by thoughts, opinions and advertisements that come to us through friends and all sorts of media. A firm conviction of God’s goodness and all-ness enables us to see through that haze and therefore to think clearly.
For instance, there are so many reports that would try to convince parents that children are in danger from all sorts of sources. When I hear such reports, I can either go with that idea, get wound up in fear and worry, or I can stay with the fundamental truth that God, good, governs.
God, divine Mind, is perfectly governing all of His children harmoniously all the time. God wouldn’t create His likeness and then not maintain it. Could God ever be absent or unavailable when God is infinite, ever-present Love? All of God’s children (which we all are) respond to His direction and can hear His voice in a way we can understand. There is an unbreakable bond between God and his idea, man.
It is much more peaceful, beneficial and accurate to understand God’s protecting, governing power than to fill our thoughts with fear. This peace helps us make better decisions from day to day, and helps us to do exactly what we should be doing.
No matter how many times we hear fearful reports, it doesn’t make them more real than God’s caring, loving presence. Our best protection is listening to God, being alert, and using the ideas we receive in prayer.