What if it’s not really all about me?
April 11, 2013
You ever notice how everyone else lives their lives as if they’re the center of the universe – when that position really belongs to me? Hah! Doesn’t that seem like the way the drama plays out sometimes? Everyone is so wrapped up in their own stories that my story doesn’t get any air time. So I tell my story louder and longer just to make sure nobody misses any of the details! Sheesh!
St. Paul explains that tendency in his letter to the Romans when he writes: “the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (see chapter 8, verse 7)
Dictionary.com defines enmity as: hostility; hatred; ill will. That means that the carnal mind – the self-centered fleshly mind – hates God, the same God who actually IS the center of the universe. And because the carnal mind is so deluded by its own point of view and absolutely convinced of its own rightness, there’s no room for the law of God to operate.
The reality is that the law of God is the only solution to the drama! And being willing to shift thought – even just a degree – away from the drama begins the healing. Once the light of God’s law – the law of divine Love – begins to shine on the problem, the shadows of fearful preoccupation don’t seem so dark and heavy. In fact, the Apostle John says as much: Perfect love casteth out fear. (see 1st John 4:18)
Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science church, echoing Paul’s sentiment, wrote, “It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.” (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures page 390)
In other words, stop looking at the discord and get to know God better. As you learn more about His infinitude and omnipotence – His ever present love and unending care – you will inevitably see a pathway out of the problem.
Jesus proved this. Did he ever say, “your problem is too big;” or “you’re too far gone;” or “I don’t have time for you”? No, of course not! Jesus spent all his time recognizing the presence of God – the kingdom of heaven – right here on earth. And that recognition healed the sick, raised the dead, cleansed the lepers, and cast out demons. And he commanded that you and I do the same. (see Matt 10:8)
So, let’s make God the center of our universe. Let’s look to Him for every solution. Let’s keep thought focused on the truth which Jesus preached: “with God all things are possible.” (see Mark 10:27 for example).
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.