One truth Christian Science teaches over and over again is that we live in a world of thought, and for outward change to happen inner change needs to occur first.
People often wait on matter, or on another person for change to happen, and nothing happens. Or things grow worse.
Perhaps they wait for time to pass thinking conditions will improve with “passing time.” Or they wait for another person to change their mind, and that person never changes their mind. Or they wait for the body to heal, and it doesn’t heal. If facing these types of situations, it’s helpful to remember that we aren’t helpless. All is thought and thought can be changed for the better through prayer and spiritual awakening.
I have to remind myself when playing tennis that my game is not going to improve unless my thought on the court improves. Every swing of the racket, every positioning for the ball, every reaction on court is preceded by thought—or lack thereof. And the better the thought, the better the outcome. If I ever leave court in the same mental position as I entered the court, nothing will have changed in my game. I will make the same mistakes next time, and see no improvement. But if I actively strive to improve my understanding of how to play tennis while on court, my thought goes to a better place, my game improves, and I see better results. And it works every time.
The same rule applies to life. If we want to see change for the better, our understanding of Life needs to improve. Our thought has to go to a better place, or nothing will change. Thought has to move for progress to occur.
We can’t keep thinking the same thought and have a different experience, for thought is our experience.
Sometimes we do think better thoughts, but still struggle. In this case, some evil belief is having the preponderance of influence, and it needs to be rooted out so the good thought can have ascendency. It may take a strong dose of humility to discern the evil belief sufficiently to annihilate it, but nonetheless, the proper mental work needs to be done. When overall thought is improved, overall experience will improve too. There is a direct correlation.
So, never sit around waiting for something better to happen. Ensure it happens by allowing thought to go to a better place. Awake to Truth. Live in Love. Abide in Mind. Be energized in Spirit. God has a perfect life for you to live, and the more your thought moves in a spiritual direction and realizes perfect Life in Spirit, the more of God’s blessings you’ll experience every day, for experience follows thought.
So, if you’d like to make progress, let there be no more sitting around on your mental backside. Move!