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What is our responsibility?

From the October 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

To be responsible means to care for or to have control over something. When I feel burdened by responsibilities, I’ve learned to ask: Who or what is making the demand? Who is in control? Who provides the responsible care? And what is my role in all this? 

I find my way easier when I acknowledge that Truth, a Bible name for God, is all that legitimately makes demands on us. Even when it appears that someone is asking or even demanding something of me, I see it as Truth uncovering some error in order for it to be corrected. Truth requires only what is true, and what is true is that God, good, is All-in-all. There is no other cause, Mind, or power. Because God made all, including you and me, we cannot include anything opposed to this good. And because good is spiritual, we must turn from the limited, physical senses to the spiritual facts of what really is, to discern the real demand upon us. 

God alone creates, governs, and controls man and the universe. The divine control is harmonious and peaceful. Human control, on the other hand, is discordant and illusory. Because we are really children of God, we naturally express God’s control, but we are not the ones in control. Man reflects divine control. We witness and respond to God’s control by letting our thought and actions be governed by God, who is divine Truth and Love. 

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