What are you thinking about?

December 26, 2016 | 16 comments

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

~ Dale Carnegie

True happiness doesn’t come from things that can be taken from you, ideals that are vain and empty, or other people who may or may not come through for you. Happiness is spiritual and comes from God. Think on what you already have from God and find happiness that is never lost.

16 thoughts on “What are you thinking about?”

  1. True happiness, for me, is the feeling I get when I am in the moment with God, that confidence that I am listening to His love for me and responding to His directions for me. Thank you Evan, for the gentle reminder that happiness isn’t dependent on people, places or things, but on witnessing the activity of Love. Blessings for a God confidence filled new year.

  2. Very important message. This past Christmas I wrote a Christmas message that I was to read to the family as part of our family celebration. After writing it, I gave it to my wife for her to give me comments and suggestions which she did. She told me it sounded too preachy, that the message was good, but just reading it to the family would bring out the joy of spirit of Christmas. I realized instantly that she was right. I tried for days to come up with a better message to read to the family that expressed the joy. Listening patiently for something appropriate to say only short thoughts would come to mind. I finally realized that there would be no prepared message, so I thought I would just state what the Christ message was for me and the joy that each person brought to me as part of our family and how that Christ birth brought joy to in the form of salvation from the overwhelming material limitation of life and that He, the Christ was God’s gift to all of us, to know that we are one in spirit, loved by God and that for me was the joy of Christmas. That message for the family set off a host of contibutions from our gathering and we had the most marvelous time. Thank you for this thought, we should never lose it, that there is joy in God’s connection with each of us and that is a natural outcome of our realization of ourselves being connected to the whole community of Spirit through Christ.

  3. William Shakespeare wrote in his 1602 play Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2, p. 11 “for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” (Goodreads Inc, 2016).
    Yesterday on CBS’s Sunday Morning the 14th Dalai Lama said, in an interview, “Everybody seeks happiness, joyfulness, but from outside — from money, from power, from big car, from big house. Ultimate source of happy life, even physical health, [is] inside, not outside” (CBS Interactive Inc, 2016).
    Thanks for the reminder Evan. Happy New Year to all!
    CBS Interactive Inc. (2016, December 25). The Dalai Lama on seeking joy. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-dalai-lama-on-seeking-joy/
    Goodreads Inc. (2016). Quotable Quote. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/21959-there-is-nothing-either-good-or-bad-but-thinking-makes

  4. So good to know & see that joy is found in God. I am so grateful for this embracing fact that our Father-Mother is our source of unending joy, happiness and love. Josef you certainly expressed this joy in your comments and sharing it with your family bringing out further blessings. And that is the blessing of joy, the ripple effects of sharing it, expressing it and knowing its spiritual source enhances our thoughts, actions and prayers. Everyone is included! The Christ , God’s love for each of us blesses each and everyone of us and all we come into contact with each day. I am holding to these thoughts each and every day! Blessings to all.

    1. Sue i love the reminder of the feminine aspect of God…
      Together, as a Whole…Holy… we are the Christ…For me Christian Science diminishes the sense of “personal self” so we then experience the Christ as Truth and that from which we are made and of which we are, in being…
      Into the world we carry this Light of Realization that error and illusion may vanish before it as mist before the Sun……Thank you Sue

  5. I love the idea of true happiness includes being happy for what we already have. Rather than being concerned about the future, I am truly grateful for the beautiful home I have in the mountains of Southern California. Although remote, God is right here with me always. There is an article “OUR DAILY IDENTIFICATION WORK” by Arthur P. Wuth (Journal February 1978) that includes, “BECAUSE I AM GOD CENTERED, I AM ALWAYS IN MY RIGHT PLACE.” What a comforting thought to hold onto!

    1. Lori this a great article… thank you for the heads up…..
      and …remote good…make happy….quiet but not silent…

  6. Thanks for sharing, Josef! I know I’ve been criticized, and other C.S.ers too, for sounding “too preachy” or for “just spouting”!! Good for your wife for her insight! And thanks, Jeremy, for the link to the Dalai Lama – talk about a man of little words, but of potent spiritual power…..!!! Happy New Year of spiritual insights to All!

  7. Thank you Evan.
    It is good to know the good thoughts we think are free to bless everyone and anyone.
    “Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science” S&H {age 266:18

  8. Yes, we always have to follow our thought.
    Good thoughts are our best friends . If we are in a scary place we need to correct our thinking. Once we redirect our thinking we feel God’s presence and we naturally are safe and are comfortable . Change a frown to a smile and you can’t help but notice the

  9. “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). As we accept that which God speaks to us: that we are His infinite, spiritual ideas, e.t., thoughts, we will singularly find proportionate happiness as His child. Thank you muchly, Evan, for this reality.

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