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Hi, my name is Cheryl Petersen, and I used to be a Facebook user. I’ve been free of the social media site, Facebook, for almost a year now, during which 99.9% of the time, I’ve never looked back.

I was a Facebook user for about 5 years, first signed up by Trafford Publishing, publisher of my book, 21st Century Science and Health.

The reason I quite Facebook was because it was a test of my willpower throughout the day and every day. I battled a constant urge to check my account.

But, I had no desire to tell people what I ate for a snack. I had less desire to read what someone else ate for a snack. And in reality, it didn’t seem to serve as a key driver to growth for my small business, Healing Science Today.

Yesterday however, I was tempted to sign up again for a free Facebook account. A recent study released by Linkedin (another social media site), reported that Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s) are positively affected by social media. They serve as “a key driver of growth.”

The temptation weakened as the day went on and by evening it was gone.

Still No Facebook.

Maybe one day, I’ll rejoin. I’ll keep weighing the pros and cons, but for now, progress forward comes a lot easier when I can focus on the new project at hand, rather than check Facebook and see what other people are doing.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Human willfulness breeds evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being. Truth, not the willful flesh or animal instinct, is the divine power which says to disease, “Quiet! Be still!”[1]

It is only productive to exercise human will-power in subordination to Truth. Human-will has the tendency to misguide our decisions and bring out inferior tendencies. It is the function of spiritual sense to direct man and woman. Mistaken human thoughts injure our body, and even injure others.

“Human will-power is liable to all evil. The willfulness of human mind can never heal the sick. Contrastingly, the exercise of spirituality—hope, faith, love—is the prayer of the righteous. The prayer governed by Science instead of human mortal selfhood, heals.”


[1] Matt. 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24

Bryan at Niagra Falls with Canada in back smallBryan and I visited Niagara Falls yesterday. While it was snowing. There were a few other tourists just as determined to see the Falls as us. We tread over slippery ice and bucked a cold wind, but soon were in awe as we watched a fountain of water pour over the American Falls, from an observatory. Ice covered the water below. The scene was impressive.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The infinite Source calls out, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.”[1]

ice at niagra falls small


[1] Isa. 55:1

For the lack of better words, religions generally refer to shepherds and sheep. Church leaders are the shepherds and church members are the sheep. As with any union, there will be disagreements.

Problems in religious unions arise, not because of the disagreements but because the disagreements aren’t resolved. Unresolved differences lead to anger and resentment over time, which leads to behavior that dissolves the union.

The old-time roles associated with shepherds and sheep are evolving. Shepherds are learning they need to be more than just a provider of instruction. Sheep are learning to speak up when they disagree with what the shepherd is expecting.

This is happening—only it is after anger and resentment got the upper hand and shepherd and sheep hurt one another by looking elsewhere to evolve.

Pew Research studies show that “More than one-quarter of American adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion – or no religion at all.”

But, can the original religion or union be saved?

Yes, and probably the union will be stronger than a new union.

The demand for shepherd and sheep will be heftier because both will need to go back and correct mistakes made. Whereas moving on to a new relationship tempts avoidance of these corrections.

Shepherd and sheep can rise to the occasion and learn to recognize frustrations and deal with them constructively, rather than destructively. A religion will never ultimately be ruined by human beings who can’t get along, however, the religion that first tied shepherd and sheep together can be more promising in the world as shepherd and sheep work through the struggles and overcome them faithfully.

It’s tempting to take a long hot shower when sub-zero weather lingers outside the door. But, hot water and soap wash your natural oils down the drain.

Moderation.

A warm quick shower is moderate. It washes away self-destructive behavior and allows our skin to keep its natural oils, while also saving water and electricity.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Reformation and moderation are results of mental healing, which cut down ‘every tree that does not produce good fruit.’[1]

 


[1] Matt. 3:10; Luke 3:9