By: Elaina Simpson, C.S.
My late grandmother, who studied Christian Science, would often say to our family: "Don't let anything mar your joy!" Perhaps "mar" may be an old-fashioned word to some-- It simply means to impair, to disfigure.
I think about these words at least once a week. I love the simplicity of the statement. Beyond just a positive affirmation, the declaration has prayerful backing and divine laws behind it.
Even in the most challenging, dark times... Joy can still be found there. That's because our true joy is spiritual and infinite (a gift from God). It's not limited to, and dependent upon outward, human circumstances. Although we may find short-term joy from person, place, or thing, long-lasting and fulfilling joy comes by knowing our oneness with God, Love.
Making the choice mentally to accept this fact, helps us see that we are not defined by a human rollercoaster with ups in downs or even by human timelines or grief phases. It's even possible to see that we aren't defined by the ups and downs of a material brain. Our joy also is not defined by what we have or don't have. Our joy is spiritual and it can't be taken away or threatened. It's already divinely bestowed and as God's child, you are entitled to it. And, you're capable of feeling it.
Knowing our inherent joy is a daily, mental choice. We can seem to be immersed with or mesmerized with a challenge, or we can mentally rise above it-- Seeing that the challenge is only an opportunity to learn more about our relationship to Love. There will be times when we have to remind ourselves of this fact every once in a while, and sometimes, it's a choice we'll make moment-by-moment. Either way, Love always a beautiful lesson waiting.
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11 _____ A few weeks ago, you may have seen a post about self-justification, from the Christian Science Sentinel. This article was reworked this week for the Christian Science Monitor Daily. I'll put that audio and article here. Have a lovely evening,
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