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Nothing can ‘get your goat’

From the December 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Have you ever heard the phrase “Don’t let anyone get your goat” and wondered what it meant? One theory about its origin says it comes from the use of goats as companions for racehorses so they can be calm and focused. If someone removes a horse’s goat, the horse can become unsettled and agitated, hurting his race.

In our lives, if someone or something annoys, irritates, or angers us, we can realize that our “goat,” our natural, God-derived calm and peace, can never really be taken away.

The First Commandment in the Old Testament of the Bible tells us not to have other gods before the one God (see Exodus 20:3). This commandment helps us see that our dear Father-Mother God loves, guides, and protects us. God, Spirit, our only Mind, impels us not to bow down to any supposed material gods, such as anger or frustration, that would seem to “get our goat.”

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