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Spiritual Short

The infinite source of inspiration

From the January 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal


As we navigate the waters of daily life, we sometimes find ourselves in front of an obstacle that seems insurmountable. We may feel we don’t have enough in our spiritual “gas tank” of inspiration.

Of course, the notion that we can be lacking in our ability to receive inspiration or be running on empty is untrue. Our true source of supply is never fuller than it was yesterday or will be tomorrow; it is always completely full. Referring to man, Mary Baker Eddy states, “Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; …” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 63). Therefore, because God, infinite Spirit, is our source, our spiritual resources are unlimited, always have been, and always will be.

Recently, I faced a problem that seemed rather daunting, and I found myself wondering if my spiritual well was running dry. As I was reaching out for new inspiration, I recalled how my parents would sometimes give me chores to do that would result in a weekly or monthly allowance of money. This got me thinking about how God, as our Father-Mother, is the real and only source of what we truly need. This doesn’t mean that God rewards us for doing certain things. But as we pray to know God better and to demonstrate the fullness of His expression in all facets of life, we become receptive to the Christ, Truth, that inspires and blesses.

This by no means includes some but excludes others. All God’s children have access to His infinite abundance. The well never runs dry; in fact, our “cup runneth over” (Psalms 23:5). Understanding this better enables us to overcome challenges. But just as I did not expect to receive money for neglecting to mow the lawn, we cannot expect to advance in our thinking if we fail to prayerfully open our thought to God, divine Truth. Science and Health says, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts” (p. 261).

As I acknowledged God’s complete supremacy and the ongoing, infinite source of inspiration that is always at hand, my worries and fears melted away, and the problem was soon resolved. Inspiration is naturally ours to receive when we turn to God with a receptive heart.

Kyle Schaberg

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