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The power of pondering

The prospects for healing in Christian Science are tremendous. Imagine actually following in the footsteps of Christ Jesus, Paul, Peter, and Mary Baker Eddy.   And yet the demands on us to reach this goal can seem overwhelming.

I remember times when I would be so stirred by Jesus’ words about “greater works than these shall he do…”; Paul’s call for unceasing prayer; Mary Baker Eddy’s calls for radical reliance on God, total humility to Him, and unswerving obedience to His laws.

I admit there were times when I wondered what kind of study and prayer it would take to accomplish this. Should I just cloister myself until I get it—until I can heal like Christ Jesus and take on the world?

It didn’t take long for me to see the fallacy of that thinking. Christian living requires me to actually live my faith and understanding—by loving and healing others. And, by the way, that also means living a more normal life too!

So instead of seeing these statements as overwhelming demands, I now see them as goals. Goals that require me to grow in my understanding and as I do, express it by helping, blessing and healing the world around me.

And this is where the pondering comes in.

Take the final tenet of our faith from Science and Health:

And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.

Some treat it as a benediction. Some see it as an impossible demand. But when you ponder it as a goal to take seriously then it opens amazing possibilities for your practice of Christian Science.

With me, it began by asking questions such as:

  • Do I really want the Mind of Christ in me?
  • Wouldn’t that Mind of Christ also mean having the ministry of Christ?
  • Am I really ready for that?
  • How would I prepare for such a huge change in my life?

Pondering needs our sincerity, humility and readiness to change. Through this process of discovery and even wrestling with new concepts, we are stirred to consider new possibilities. This results in a greater spiritual vision. And that reveals where our lives should be headed and brings along with it the motivation to change them.

This vision is so needed in our world. The Bible says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” To me, the reciprocal of that says, “Where there is spiritual vision the people flourish and move forward, healing both themselves and others. A very good thing to ponder!




3 Responses to “The power of pondering”

  1. Laurel Marquart says:

    This is very thought provoking. I pray with the 6th Tenet daily at least once. Surprisingly, I pray with it as a goal for me to strive to reach as well as a prayer to God to help me achieve this goal. However, I may still be entertaining some doubts that I’ll ever reach it.

    • Phil says:

      That means you’re being honest. I continue to discover that just the honest pondering, no matter how my doubts or concerns we have, blesses us in many ways.

  2. nela says:

    RE: “And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus …” As I have been praying about and pondering over this tenet, I’ve come to understand that we already have “that Mind … in us which was also in Christ Jesus …” It’s the Truth of our being. There aren’t two “me’s” – the “me,” who God made, in which I’m a “joint-heir with Christ” and then another “me,” as defined by mortal mind’s demographics that would bind me to any and “every ill that flesh is heir to.” This has led me to “knowing” better, who I am / who WE are!!! … and then asking God, increasingly, “What wilt thou have me to do?” My life is proving to be less self- and more God-centered. If or, more often, WHEN I miss the “target,” I’m thankful that “it” has been brought to my attention; and go back to that Saul-question that led to the discovery of his true self as Paul. (It takes as long as it takes! BUT the Truth is ALWAYS the Truth!!!) Thanks so much, Phil, for sharing, so generously, your inspired and inspiring insights. You are true to the calling: “… let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Heb 10:24).