A Day Worth Living

A brief audio inspirational message to carry through the day

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Enjoy this brief inspirational Daily Lift:

Note:  This lift was recorded before I recently moved. I now live in Boise, Idaho!

 

The Christian Science Daily Lift is produced Monday-Friday by The First Church of Christ, Scientist.

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Building on the Rock

Watch a talk I recently shared at Arden Wood in San Francisco CA.

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Here is a talk I gave in May 2018 at Arden Wood, a Christian Science Care Facility in San Francisco. You can watch it and/or download written excerpts.

 

 

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How can I experience a satisfying life?

“I can’t get no, satisfaction!” the Rolling Stones famously sung. They were articulating a feeling we have probably all felt at some time. So how do we find true, lasting satisfaction in our constantly changing world? In this audio program I respond to a variety of questions from listeners about how to experience a satisfying life.

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“I can’t get no, satisfaction!” the Rolling Stones famously sung. They were articulating a feeling we have probably all felt at some time. So how do we find true, lasting satisfaction in our constantly changing world? In this audio program I respond to a variety of questions from listeners about how to experience a satisfying life.

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A New Year

Are you looking to make some changes this new year? Join the club. Whether you’re like one of our bloggers who welcomes the new year as a time to set

Are you looking to make some changes this new year? Join the club. Whether you’re like one of our bloggers who welcomes the new year as a time to set spiritual goals or you’re afraid your life is too far gone for a fresh start, we’ve got the right content for you.

Go ahead, have a happy New Year! It’s what God is giving you.

How detail-oriented is God?

QUESTION: Does God plan out our days like a chess game or script? How detail-oriented is God? Annette Dutenhoffer says:  No doubt we’re following God’s plan! But the chessboard concept

QUESTION:
Does God plan out our days like a chess game or script? How detail-oriented is God?

tony Annette Dutenhoffer says:  No doubt we’re following God’s plan! But the chessboard concept implies a separation between God and us—the Player and the pieces. It’s a common model: think up a strategy, put it into action. But the divine model is different. Think along the lines of the sun and its rays. We work together as one—God is and man shines. Mind (another name for God) knows and man is idea. The oneness of Mind means that there can only be one plan because it’s infinite.

Jesus said in the book of John, “I can of mine own self do nothing;” and “I and my Father are one”. 1 It follows that every grand plan and every minute detail is in the one infinite Life—yours and mine. We aren’t living out our own little lives, struggling alone to make decisions for ourselves. Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “The sun sends forth light, but not suns;…” (On page 56 of her spiritual autobiography, Retrospection and Introspection ) In the same way, God’s plan isn’t subdivided into lots of little plans. We’re living in the divine plan that He is forever unfolding.

Several summers ago I was invited to take a college course that involved giving 20-25 minute presentations in Spanish. Great opportunity, but right at the edge of my capabilities. With only a few days left to sign up, indecision set in. It became like a little god, consuming my extra moments. One night, unable to sleep, I mentally consented to God’s plan. I heard, “whether you take the class or not, whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.” What a relief! In that moment, my thought rose above the material plan with its back-and-forth rationality, and caught a glimpse of the infinite divine plan—to constantly express Him in all I do. (I ended up taking the class and loving it!)

We’re not responsible for the plan.  Our responsibility is to yield to the fact that we are active participants in the one and only infinite plan, and watch good become apparent in the details of our lives.

Annette is a Christian Science practitioner based in Longmont, Colorado.

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Notes:

  1. John 5:30, 10:30

Si todas las respuestas están en Ciencia y Salud porque seguimos aún cuestionando cosas?

John Biggs dice: En la Universidad estudié ballet durante cinco años. Después de los primeros dos años, yo entendía la teoría del ballet bastante bien: los movimientos musculares tenían sentido

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John BiggsJohn Biggs dice: En la Universidad estudié ballet durante cinco años. Después de los primeros dos años, yo entendía la teoría del ballet bastante bien: los movimientos musculares tenían sentido y el ritmo de los pasos dentro del conjunto era claro. Pero solo escuchar a mis coreógrafos no era suficiente. Yo tenía que practicar y realmente aplicar la teoría. Yo estoy lejos de ser un excelente bailarín, pero recuerdo lo emocionante que era cada vez que de pronto lograba algo.
“Bueno, obviamente!” podrían decir ustedes. “La práctica y el compromiso son siempre de vital importancia si quieres lograr la excelencia.”
No es de esperar entonces que tengamos que comprometernos realmente –hacer preguntas, practicar, hasta luchar con Ciencia y Salud, que explica algo tan vasto e importante como la naturaleza de Dios y de toda la creación? Jesús ilustró esta idea de no temer, sino crecer ante la adversidad en su explicación de “La historia del mayordomo corrupto.” (Pueden leerlo en Lucas 16.) El Mensaje, traduce la explicación de Jesús como sigue: “utiliza la adversidad para estimularte a la supervivencia creativa, para concentrar tu atención en lo esencial, así vivirás, realmente podrás vivir, y no simplemente salir adelante complacientemente por buena conducta.
A veces me gusta pensar en Ciencia y Salud como un coach, un entrenador de carrera, que te explica cómo y por qué puedes correr y que corre contigo para apoyarte y guiarte en cada paso. En términos religiosos Ciencia y Salud y La Biblia son tu Pastor, no pueden resolver tu salvación por ti, pero sí ilustran los hechos de tu existencia y cómo puedes experimentar la totalidad de la Vida que es Dios, el bien.

Hay un pasaje en Ciencia y Salud que habla acerca de cómo no podemos simplemente hojear el libro; sino que realmente tenemos que estudiarlo. (Encuentra el pasaje en la página 147, línea 1.) Pero en la época de Mary Baker Eddy, la palabra “estudiar” no significaba simplemente ”leer en profundidad”. Era algo más parecido a un aprendizaje, un compromiso de 24/7 – (24 horas al día, siete días a la semana). Durante un aprendizaje, tú eres cuidado, alimentado, cobijado – pero también debes esforzarte, poner tu trabajo para vivir y practicar lo que estás aprendiendo.
Continuar profundizando mientras lees Ciencia y Salud , haciendo preguntas – y honestamente escuchando las respuestas – no sólo es aconsejable, sino que es un requisito. La recompensa es el inevitable descubrimiento de las profundidades de las riquezas de La Biblia, el mapa de la vida, desplegando nuestra herencia como verdadero resultado de Dios.

John vive en Elsah, IL. USA

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Stop – in the name of love

This is a published article about breaking through the barriers of hurry, self centeredness and fear enough to stop and help someone in need on the street. You can listen to it or read it.

stop-640x250photo by D Sharon Pruitt

This is a published article about breaking through the barriers of hurry, self centeredness and fear enough to stop and help someone in need on the street.  You can listen to it or read it.

http://journal.christianscience.com/shared/view/26xfr9q7od8?s=e

 

 

This is NOT the senior year you had in mind…

Dear Julianna, It’s the beginning of the summer before your senior year, and you are in for one of the most grand adventures! Let me give you a preview: You

Dear Julianna,

It’s the beginning of the summer before your senior year, and you are in for one of the most grand adventures!

Let me give you a preview:
You will be ill for over half the summer.
Your soccer team will lose in the first round of conference.
You and your boyfriend will break up.
You will spend most Friday and Saturday nights doing homework.
Your academic confidence will plummet.
And you will finish the year with the lowest grades of your life.

Admittedly, this is not the senior year you have in mind, but my goodness, you are about to learn so much about your relationship with God! There is no other adventure worth having.

Yes, there will be tears and heartache, but you will always be able to turn to your friends and family for comfort. More importantly, you can trust that you are prepared for each of these challenges. Just remember to lean on God and make daily prayer a priority.

There is a line you should begin to ponder from a poem by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science: “O make me glad for every scalding tear / For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain! / Wait, and love more…” 1

Mary Baker Eddy spoke from experience. She lost relationships, struggled with illness—and at one point, she was even homeless. But she found gladness in spite of her tears by doing what she outlined in this poem: “love more.” You will, too.

Meet every challenge with love. Revel in the opportunity to prove that love makes you stronger than any problem you might encounter. You have examples to follow. From reading the Bible you know that even though Daniel did end up in the lion’s den, he was protected—and walked away unharmed. 2

This next year is your lion’s den, and you, too, will emerge unscathed. Yet have no doubt that you will also find yourself a changed person.

You will better understand what true progress looks like.
You will recognize God’s love in your friendships.
And you will increasingly trust that there is nothing you can’t handle when you’re following God’s direction.

No, these may not be the adventures you have in mind, but you will be glad for your tears, and the memories of pain will fade in the light of the amazing Love you will witness. Fear not. An adventure awaits you!

Love,
Julianna

Notes:

Christian Science Hymnal, No. 208 ↩Dan. 6:22 ↩

Suddenly you know why you’re there

Dear Daniel, You’re lying on the damp grass in the backyard of an abandoned house. It’s late summer, and the humidity of the air is still palpable even though it’s

Dear Daniel,

You’re lying on the damp grass in the backyard of an abandoned house. It’s late summer, and the humidity of the air is still palpable even though it’s past sunset. Mosquitoes swarm around you, making you even more uncomfortable. The voices of your friends and classmates meander out the broken window across the yard over to your secluded spot in the dark. They’re on their fifth game of beer pong and show no signs of slowing down. Less than two hours ago you thought that you and some friends were going to see a movie. How did you end up here? And more importantly: What’s the point?

High school isn’t easy. Classes can be challenging, and the added problems of peer pressure and social drinking don’t help. You’ve been taught since you were little that man is inherently good, and that goodness is a spiritual quality that comes straight from God. But at this point in your life, this goodness is hard to see. You’re trying to live your life in the way that best reflects this goodness, but over and over you find yourself in situations where others put you down for your choices, or shun you for refusing to drink.

You slap one mosquito, then another. It seems so unfair that living a good, spiritually-based life has landed you in this insect-filled yard in the middle of nowhere. Maybe there isn’t some grand plan for your life. Maybe God doesn’t exist?

But even as these thoughts swirl through your head, something keeps you in that yard. Like your being there has a purpose—even though that seems far fetched at the moment. Eventually, around 2 a.m., your classmates begin stumbling out of the house to head home. Most have walked here and live close by, but it looks like some drove as well. You watch as one of your classmates trips over himself several times as he struggles to pull his keys out of his pocket. There’s no way he can be thinking about driving home in that condition. He’s easily well over the legal limit; he’s also under 21. Other classmates begin piling into the back of his car and the whole situation begins to look truly alarming and unsafe.

Suddenly you get it. You know why you’re there, that you have a purpose, that this goodness you value so much has a place.

Just because others ignore or are hostile to you doesn’t mean you have to reciprocate those feelings. You have an opportunity here to do good. You’ll take the wheel. You’ll make sure your classmates get home safely. For the first time, you see so clearly that God does have a plan that includes you—and even those who would shun you. After dropping off the last person, you realize that this night did end up meaning something. You found the good you had been so desperately looking for.

Sincerely,
Daniel