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For better balanced lives—less and more

From the June 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Balance is sought by more than the circus tightrope walker. We're all more at ease when we strike a comfortable balance between employment and family demands, between lightheartedness and seriousness, between income and expenditure, and so on. Right proportions are important and practical.

Speaking of balance in a different sense, Mary Baker Eddy writes: "I will gain a balance on the side of good, my true being. This alone gives me the forces of God wherewith to overcome all error."  Miscellaneous Writings, p. 104 Gaining more weight on good's side is, then, tremendously useful. And it enables us to experience better proportion in the items of daily life.

A sounder balance derives from a deepening conviction of the allness and all-potency of God, good. Realistically, not one of us makes a spectacular, permanent leap from matter to Spirit, from the belief in evil and finiteness to an unfading view of the infiniteness of good. But by gaining "a balance on the side of good," our real being, we take a step in that direction, if not a leap. And by our accepting more of the healing guidance of Spirit, God, our life simply works out better. The forces of good are more visible to us. As part of this progress, we may need to review our values. To what, for example, are we consistently giving first place? Spirit or matter? The ambitions and entertainments of everyday life or the understanding of eternal Life?

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