Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Correcting Mistakes

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When dressing in the morning, I’ve hurriedly put my shirt on backwards, getting a good laugh at myself a few hours later when I finally notice. Little mistake. I’ve also invested hard earned money in lousy stocks. Big mistake. Moreover, there are times when I get caught up in blaming someone or something for a situation that is obviously substandard, or worse, and think my way of fixing the problem is the only way. Big fat mistake. Know the greater.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Science shows that appearances are often mistaken, leading to false judgments and conclusions. To correct the mistake, we follow the simple rule that the greater controls the lesser. For example; the clearer view that the infinite controls the finite has brought to light new discoveries. The idea of infinity discounted the mistake of a ‘static universe.’ Although indistinguishable to the temporal senses, the universe is not fixed, but expanding and contracting. Furthermore, the rate of expansion is greater than the contracting and the cosmos is moving away with space, not even through space. The universe exemplifies the infinite. There is no edge to the universe. From anywhere in the universe, it appears as though it is the center of an ever-expanding heaven. Even our solar system, orbiting in the outer edge of a spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, is indefinitely expanding and rotating in its own unique path.”

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Can’t Relate

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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.”


Innovative Decisions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“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

Be innovative. Be the one to see.

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?’”[1]Matter, which can neither suffer nor enjoy, has no partnership with pain and pleasure, but human belief has such a partnership.”

[1] Rom 9:20; Isa. 29:16; Isa. 45:9 (NRSV)


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