Yesterday I went with my son on his 4th grade field trip. I was surprised how ungrateful his classmates and he were. They complained about the bus ride; complained about the length of time they had to look at the museum; complained about eating outside; complained about minor(!) cuts and bruises. At first I tried to contradict them, “It’s a lovely day for a picnic.” But, then I realized I need to not combat materialism with more materialism: “arguing whether it was a nice day for a picnic or not.” What I really needed to do was to realize that as God’s spiritual children, they are not only perfect, but they can realize that perfection. They could not be anything less than perfect, grateful children. So, I was quiet, and I started seeing myself as God would see me…. patient, kind, humble…. Then I started seeing the children as God sees them…. patient, kind, humble. Sometimes it was hard to see them as humble…. but after a while it became easier. I started to see them as patient, kind and humble. The gratitude soon followed.
It’s amazing how a change of thought alone can change one’s circumstances. I was helping a friend last week who was having a pounding bad headache all day and had missed work because of it. He couldn’t stop talking about the pain. We decided right there and then to turn out thoughts away from the pain and consider what God had to say about his head. Together, we reasoned that since divine Love [God] had made him in Love’s image and likeness and that God declared all that he had made to be good (Genesis 1), then my friend could claim all of that inherent goodness right now. His true state of health was based on God as Spirit and Good. His well being is dependent on God, not a material head. We were both so inspired at that moment, and the headache immediately left. My friend enjoyed the rest of his evening filled with family activities. What changed? It was thought alone – gaining a better understanding of his natural and permanent spiritual qualities healed him.