September 3, 2012
Isn’t that a great word? To me, it connotes things that are good and clean. The Online American Heritage Dictionary adds “not encountered before; not stale or spoiled.” It’s more than just new and different though – there’s a certain vitality to it.
Mary Baker Eddy once wrote, “Let us…shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.” (see Science and Health page 246) This is a remarkable statement because it makes the strong point that we can CHOOSE and form our views of existence. Rather than thinking all the same thoughts as before – as many as 10,000 of them in any given day – let’s begin to freshen up our thinking a bit. Let’s select thoughts that are more life enhancing and joyful. Let’s be deliberate in seeking a fresher outlook, one that lifts and improves. One that heals!
In Matthew 6, Jesus gave the remarkable imperative “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” A more modern version might be, “look for what God is thinking and take on His viewpoint. Then, all your other thoughts and desires and hopes will naturally fall into place, abundantly satisfied.”
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.