Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
It's no small job to renovate a high-rise building. Believe me, I know. I've been sitting (comfortably!) in my workplace, watching a construction crew giving the hotel across the street a complete makeover.
They started by emptying out the furnishings from the rooms. Then they began to remove all the windows and put in new ones. Two months into the work, they had just finished changing the windows on one side of the building, and were just beginning work inside the rooms. As the saying goes, I got tired just watching.
I also got inspired by watching. That visible reconstruction work reminded me to get on with some invisible work of a similar nature. The Bible says, "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind" (Eph. 4:23). Not that God has me, or anyone else, singled out for this demand; it's universal. This Scripture was written by the Apostle Paul to Christians in Ephesus. But I see it as identifying God's call to all, always, to improve our thinking and our actions, to better express what it means to be God's child.
Christ Jesus showed that we all are children of God. The love he expressed had healing effects on others. There are always ways for us to refurbish our own thoughts and to renew our lives by expressing that same love. To construct our attitude, moment by moment, on a charitable basis. To develop a more heartfelt, practical spirit of care for our neighbor. In this we, too, can heal.
It may seem more demanding to answer this call than to rebuild an aging hotel. For a start, no outside crew can be hired to make it happen. It takes your own persistence, prayer, and individual obedience to the guidance that comes from God alone. While there is no formula for finding divine guidance, it is not elusive. It will inevitably require you to replace false concepts of God with new views of Him and of the perfect creation that is His alone.
How can this take place? According to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy - the same person who established this newspaper - "The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love" (Pg. 201).