An interesting idea to ponder…
“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.”
~ Joan Didion
Oh, good, todays SV reminds me on the one important sentence from Science and Health on page 106:9 “Man is properly selfgoverned only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.” I think so we accept responsibility for our own life.
Thank you so much Evan for reminding me that through prayer and listening we are guided rightly!
Life changes when we are able to take responsibility for our actions and allow divine mind to guide us throughout our day. Part of that responsibility is to be loving to all, including ourselves in an unselfish way. That is, being kindly to ourselves, forgiving and extending that forgiving kindness to all that we meet. I think that great complexity of life begins with free will, taking that step of surrender to the divine will which turns complexity of human sense into simplicity and grace of spiritual sense complete in itself as a demonstration of divine love.
I take responsibility for my life by surrendering my ‘personal will’ to
Gods Will and thus receive all the guidance and goodness it expresses….
A story to illustrate:
She suddenly decided to walk
into a quaint bookshop
with no reason in mind…
The elder woman walking out
started to slip as they passed…
She was there at the perfect moment
to prevent her from falling.
The elder had prayed for
Gods protection that morning….
And She had given herself
to Gods will forevermore.
Truth met Love,
and the result was perfect and gratifying….
because they both knew
their prayers had been answered…
very well, thank you Maximo, what a perfect Love of God for his children! :-))
Thank you Evan for the reminder and thank you Uta and Josef for your responses. Maximo, your story certainly shows how God cares for us.
Thank you, Evan, for this lesson today. It makes me realize that if I don’t take responsibility for my thought, then my mind becomes a ministry to any belief that presents itself: a righteous belief or an evil belief. By simply taking responsibility for my life I purify my thought (Hea. 6:18). “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev 3:16).
What a great post! Learning to take responsibility for one’s life, not blaming others (parents, husband, siblings, friends, antagonists) for what seems to occur in one’s life, is so vital. Mrs. Eddy tells us so many times that “we are responsible for our thoughts and acts” and “Each individual is responsible for himself.” These two quotes come from her address on “Obedience” (Mis:116-120) That whole address has been a great help to me in learning how to live rightly. I love it! And, Maximo, the reminder to surrender our will to God’s is wonderful.
Thanks to everyone—and, especially, Evan for these inspiring blogs.
It has proved to me always best to start truthfully with where you are at in your thinking and see it, disown any errors, and go to the truth. Not easy. Often I have no idea I am asleep. It also humbling. Who is humbled? I am so grateful for the endless do overs.
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