I read Amy Grant’s book, Mosaics. She eloquently explains how thankful she is for God, her singing talent, and all the people who made her so successful in life. Grant’s life had its ups and downs but she forcibly reminds the reader how important it is to use what God has given us to be happy and help others.
Unlike Ms. Grant, who apparently can whip out a song lyric while driving the car, I sing terrible. In fact, I don’t have one talent that comes easy. I’m not afraid to learn, but it is a torturous workout. It will take me over an hour to write this short blog and then I’ll probably edit it tomorrow because it doesn’t make a lick of sense later today.
Nothing against Amy Grant, in fact, I recommend reading her book, Mosaics. Grant’s thoughts are worth hearing. And, although I can’t relate to a person who was born talented and able to make a hefty income while being surrounded by a host of supporters (and a nanny for her children), but I can indirectly relate to the love of God and family, enough to get something meaningful out of Mosaics.
I am reminded that although everyone has obstacles in their life, some people have HUGE obstacles to overcome. I can relate to the obstacle of not being innately talented at something. As a former foster parent, I can also relate to the gargantuan obstacle of self-destructive behavior. Many of the foster children’s parents were extremely talented at self-destructive behavior. So, it isn’t as simple as telling people to be thankful to God and help others.
I can relate to the importance of removing obstacles, rather than place obstacles in the eye of the public.
“Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” (Isa. 57:14, NIV)
With the foster children, I removed the obstacle of a terrible family, by not allowing them to speak badly about their absent parents and by showing them they can feel the Parent of God, who will always be with them to guide and heal. They responded beautifully. Children are pretty great.
Come to think of it: I revised Science and Health to remove the obstacles of gender-exclusive language, out-dated examples, and outgrown medical references. From Science and Health, “Apart from the usual opposition to everything new, the one great obstacle to receiving spirituality through which the understanding of Mind-science comes, is the inadequacy of terminology for metaphysical statements.”
“Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself–it’s world views, its basic values, its social and political structure, its arts, its key institutions.” The Daily Drucker, by Peter F. Drucker
These changes underlie the need for innovation in knowledge. Spiritual truth doesn’t change, however, human knowledge does change and as we wake up and make decisions based, not on obsolete premises, but on new realities, we will feel success, in home, at work, and with spiritual healing.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “To reduce inflammation, dissolve a tumor, or cure disease, I have found divine Truth more potent than all temporal remedies. And why not, since Mind, God, is the source and condition of all existence? Before deciding that the body (molecular organization) is disordered, it would be better to ask, “Who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’”Matter, which can neither suffer nor enjoy, has no partnership with pain and pleasure, but human belief has such a partnership.”
I drove my car into the garage after attending church last Sunday. Hobbes bounced over to see me. As I pet him, I could tell something was amiss. Calvin was absent. While trying not to panic, I walked around outside, calling Calvin’s name, but no kitty. I needed warmer clothes on so went back into the house for a heavier coat. After walking around a larger parameter, calling Calvin’s name, but to no avail, I had still to go get even warmer clothes to wear.
Again, walking around outside in the falling snow, I thought about how God never loses someone. We are all loved so much, so ongoingly, with such a strongly attractive love, we can’t get out of the pull.
I heard gun shots. Then it occurred to me to call Calvin’s name, but to stop walking and wait. Fear had to be dissolved. Sure enough, a minute later I saw a black streak. And, I calmly approached Calvin who fully realized it was my voice. Calvin did get lost, and the noises made it difficult to come to my voice.
After hugging, we came home, me with a very warm heart.
“Love is patient, love is kind… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ” (I Cor. 13, NIV)
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