One evening while I was preparing for bed I suddenly felt a lot of pain. I immediately turned to God for help and began praying with the ideas in the Scientific Statement of Being, one of my favorite paragraphs in Science and Health (p. 468). I then began to think about the answer to the question, “What is man?” also in Science and Health (p. 475). I began to feel calmer, but was still very uncomfortable. I asked God to help me and to tell me what I needed. I heard, “Be still.” This was quite a request because I was so uncomfortable that I couldn’t seem to sit still. But I made myself stop moving. I remembered the beautiful solo that was sung at my sister’s wedding, which is from a verse in Psalms, “Be still, and know that I am God.” As I was being comforted by the words in the solo, I heard, “I am able to impart….” I recognized this phrase as a statement in Mrs. Eddy’s writings but wasn’t exactly sure of the whole passage. I knew it said something like “I am able to impart health and happiness.” I realized that it is man’s purpose to impart (communicate, make public, proclaim, give, bestow) health and happiness. And man is able to do it because he reflects the ability to do it. I am not personally the source of the ability to impart. That was a relief. And why, I asked, do we have this purpose? And the answer came – to glorify God. Our whole reason for existing is to glorify Him in everything we think, in everything we say, and in everything we do. This increased understanding of man’s whole purpose for being, of my purpose, filled me with joy. I promised to begin to question and examine everything I did. Is this glorifying God? How is what I am doing glorifying God? I was so absorbed in promising God I would do this that when I checked back, I realized the pain had just turned off, as suddenly as it had started. I was so grateful! The next morning I looked up the statement that had come to me. It is from First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 165 and it reads, “Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness and this is the rock of my salvation and my reason for existing.” My reason for existing. The very reason man exists is to impart – to make known, to exemplify what God is. And how do I do that? By making sure that I am living as close to Him in thought and action as I can. That day I questioned myself often, and identified the spiritual qualities in each activity I was doing. I even caught myself when I felt impatient with a boy in my son’s swim class. The question practically yelled in my thought, And how is this thinking glorifying God? Woops! Since then I have challenged myself to continue this, and I am happy to say I am catching thoughts that aren’t consistent with my purpose to glorify God. I am also more conscious of God and am in better touch with Him as I go about my day. What a wonderful healing! I am very grateful.
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Thank you for shear with us about in this subject. It is very interesting. But it truth.