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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

FRIEND asked me how I cope with anger, ill­ness, and fear.

I shared with him that when­ever those sit­u­a­tions come up, I im­me­di­ately check my think­ing. Then I pause and calm down. Shar­ing with trusted friends is ad­vis­able in some cases. But I have found that the most ef­fec­tive re­sponse is know­ing that our lov­ing and car­ing God is al­ways man­i­fest­ing His love to each and ev­ery one of us. My friend then said, “Ah! Pos­i­tive Think­ing!” As a prac­tic­ing Chris­tian Sci­en­tist, I have to say that what I meant in re­sponse to my friend’s in­quiry is more than pos­i­tive think­ing. It is what I have been con­tin­u­ally learn­ing from study­ing the Bi­ble and the Chris­tian Science text­book, Science and Health with Key to the Scrip­tures, au­thored by Mary Baker Eddy, whose love of God, the Bi­ble, and hu­man­ity was im­mea­sur­able.

In my study I’ve found that when we are tempted to be an­gry or fear­ful, it’s nec­es­sary and help­ful to re­spond as Je­sus’ did when he said, “Get thee be­hind me, Satan.” (Luke 4:8) Satan for me in this sce­nario is fear or worry from un­guarded think­ing. On the other hand, Eddy lov­ingly re­minded us to “Stand porter at the door of thought.” (Science and Health p. 392:24). In other words, give en­trance to spir­i­tual and health­ful ideas from God in­stead of al­low­ing your think­ing to be a mere hu­man repos­i­tory of things, ma­te­rial be­liefs, and opin­ions.

These lov­ing ideas as­sure me that, fol­low­ing Je­sus, we have the abil­ity to take away or dis­miss things that are un­healthy and not help­ful. This is more than cov­er­ing hu­man prob­lems with good vibes or fab­ri­cated joy. Rather it is a solid and re­li­able an­swer to any hu­man prob­lem.

One day I was asked to host a party -- a re­union for a friend. The night be­fore the af­fair, my throat was itchy and my voice was be­com­ing less and less au­di­ble. With per­sonal is­sues such as this, I rely to­tally on Chris­tian Science treat­ment for heal­ing. I prayed and saw that my friend’s re­union would be a gath­er­ing of love, and thus my pres­ence in that af­fair would be for the pur­pose of con­tribut­ing friend­ship and love. I lis­tened to the au­dio edi­tion of the Chris­tian Science Weekly Bi­ble Les­son and had a great sleep. The next morn­ing the itch­i­ness sub­sided and I had a clearer voice. The party went on with songs and danc­ing. I ac­tu­ally had fun danc­ing and host­ing with­out cough­ing or my voice be­ing toned down. I know this is more than think­ing pos­i­tively but rather it is stand­ing firm on the in­spi­ra­tion that when your de­sire is good, the only fruit is har­mony and healthy be­ing, ac­cord­ing to the di­vine law of God.

I have to ad­mit that in or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence the bless­ing of Je­sus’ teach­ings in the Bi­ble and as a stu­dent of Chris­tian Science, I need to dig deeper into the Truth of God and to nour­ish my thoughts with healthy ideas cou­pled with prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion such us un­selfishly lov­ing my neigh­bors, whether they are like­able or not, pray­ing for my coun­try­men, and most of all see­ing things the way our lov­ing Fa­ther God sees them--whole, har­mo­nious and joy­ous.

My friend now un­der­stands that trust­ing God for ev­ery­thing is more than pos­i­tive think­ing. It is in­deed a spir­i­tu­al­lyguided shep­herd­ing avail­able to ev­ery­one. ***** Rodolfo is a prac­tic­ing Chris­tian Sci­en­tist from Manila. For your com­ments email him at philip­pines@com­pub.org or fol­low him on Tweeter @ALa­cu­song

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