More and more workers in today's accelerated, I-need-it-as-soon-as-possible world are finding themselves under pressure to produce. What can one do when he has a project that needs to be completed almost immediately?
He can turn to God, the only genuine source of creativity, and expect good results. The Bible says of God, ''He performeth the thing that is appointed for me.'' n1
n1 Job 23:14
Turning to God as the only creator, and acknowledging our relationship to Him as His offspring, we begin to glimpse something of the true, spiritual man. This is our actual selfhood, and this selfhood is not a restricted, incomplete mortal but God's perfect likeness. Since God is obviously never limited or anxious, neither is His likeness, man. Accepting this truth and discerning it in prayer, we're increasingly freed from fears of inadequacy, and more of the God-bestowed abilities that have always belonged to us come to light.
Regardless of the demands on him, Christ Jesus possessed the spiritual understanding to meet them instantly. His remarkable readiness must have come from his sense of unity with his Father. Jesus said humbly, ''The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.'' n2
n2 John 14:10
As you and I know more of what Jesus knew of spiritual reality, we'll find ourselves expressing readily the inspired know-how required for worthwhile achievements. Prayer, and study of the Bible in the light of Christian Science, make this possible for any sincere seeker. The need is to feel more deeply the reality of man's spiritual selfhood as our present identity. Then we're better able to discern our capabilities; and this encourages us to assert our freedom from incompetence, fear, mediocrity, and so forth.
Man isn't the inferior, fearful, or inadequate individual so often pictured by the physical senses. You and I can't, then, without our consenting to it, be restricted by insufficient ideas or too little time. We possess a constant capacity to express the fullness of immortal being.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, ''God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.'' n3
n3 Science and Health, p.258.
Once, while attending a meeting, I was asked, to my complete surprise, to submit in final form an important piece of writing by the end of the luncheon break. ''I can't possibly do this - not in one hour!'' I said to myself. I had never tackled anything of a creative nature without ample time to gather my thoughts. However, the project was a needed and worthwhile one, so I resolved to try.
Within moments, the above statement of Mrs. Eddy's came to mind, awakening my confidence. I began praying from an enlightened standpoint, affirming my unity with God, with divine Mind, the governing, creative intelligence of all things. ''Since I'm the very expression of all-knowing Mind,'' I reasoned, ''nothing can prevent me from having the ideas needed to carry out this assignment.'' When the meeting reconvened, the paper was ready to be read and approved.
Understanding our real selfhood as the reflection of God will bring into manifestation the qualities already ours as His child. The satisfying result will be less plodding and pressure, and more spontaneity in expressing God's infinite ability. Mrs. Eddy says: ''Divinity is always ready. Semper paratus is Truth's motto.'' n4
n4 Ibid., p. 458
Originality, creativity, and mental quickness are matters of spiritual revelation, of reflecting God - and not of x number of hours or days. Realizing this, knowing that we express the all-knowing divine Mind, you and I will find that when the need arises we are able to get more done in less time. DAILY BIBLE VERSE It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do his goodpleasure. Philippians 2:13