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Enlarging Our Capacities

Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life

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Have you noticed that people keep getting more and more busy? Things just keep piling on-the demands of work, family, church, and school never cease. Recently, when my husband and I were attending an update session at our daughter's school, one parent finally blurted out, "I'm sinking! My child's homework on top of everything else is just too much!"

Many of us get to feeling this way, or at least fear that the last straw will be added to our lives at any moment. Well, through the teachings of Christian Science, which are based on the teachings of Christ Jesus, we can learn by praying to handle with strength and poise all that comes to us.

The textbook of Christian Science states, "The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 258). What does a true conception of God and of ourselves have to do with our ability to do what we need to do? A lot.

Our conception of God results in our view of ourselves, and determines our capabilities. For example, if we believe we're merely mortals who are plodding through life, facing challenge after challenge, then it's likely we will feel weighed down, incapable of dealing with everything. It's when we begin to gain a clearer conception of how we relate to God that we find the ability to rely on Him for strength and endurance. Then, when it's necessary to take on more work or responsibilities, we'll successfully trust in what we know of God.

Thought is externalized in life. Christian Science shows that, in proportion to our ability to feel a oneness with God, our lives manifest the perfect qualities of God, including tranquillity and poise. These qualities are ours to express in all we're required to do. Turning to thoughts of God reveals Him to be the source of all our accomplishment. What once we may have believed to be very limited capabilities will begin to broaden and unfold. We will prove that a higher, truer understanding of God is more than just theoretical and has application to each detail of our days.

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