KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, said in his Science of Mind textbook, "Life may have given everything to you but only which you accept is yours to use."
This means that when insults occur around you, they are only yours when you accept them; it can mean that the ideas for changing something in your life are right there for the taking.
Holmes goes on to say, "The Universe is filled with good things. But each of us can have only what our consciousness will allow. Raise your expectations of what life can offer you. Expect to prosper from every venture. Expect to be liked by every person you meet. Expect new opportunities to show up daily. Lift up your eyes from the ground and see the vastness of space. You are surrounded by infinite abundance!"
Along that same line of thinking, there is a story about a minister who wanted someone to tend the church garden. An old-timer named Carl volunteered.
One day as he was watering, he saw three young troublemakers walk his way. He asked if they would like a drink. They said "sure," and after they took the drink, they roughed him up a little, stole his retirement watch and wallet and then pushed him down. Then they went off.
A few minutes later, the minister came rushing up, and asked if Carl was OK. Carl said he was, got up and started watering again.
A few weeks later, the same group of boys came by and the same thing happened.
A few days later, one of the three boys came back. He said, "Don't worry, I'm not going to hurt you. You taught me a lesson; we were mean to you and you never gotmad. I felt bad for what we did to you, and so I brought your stuff back."
When you do something that influences someone else's life, you are proving that you are more than enough.
Today is a new day, and we can decide whether it will be wonderful or terrible, just by our thoughts. If we want anything in our life to be different, we must choose a new attitude about it.
If your job is terrible -- you can't stand it -- you have two choices: get a new job or find something you do like about it. If you hate housework, pay someone else to clean your house. Or you can turn on your favorite music and do it yourself, all the time thinking about what fun you will have when friends come to visit and see your charming, well-kept house.
We have a responsibility to manifest the glory of God's abundance.
The more we love, the greater the world can be. The more we prosper, so shall those around us prosper. As we are lifted up, so are those around us lifted up.
You see, it isn't another person who makes us happy or completes us; we ourselves must feel the worth within our own selves first.
Being secure in our own life, being happy at our successes and the success of others breeds the idea of success. That means being compassionate and lending a hand to someone else who is need.
Kindness is reciprocal. It primes the circulation of kindness; what we send out we receive back.
* Rev. Sandra Smith is pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living in Kennewick.
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