THE human experience is often a puzzle. We may wonder why we're where we are and how our problems can be resolved. Indeed, we sometimes give so much thought to trying to fathom the woes of our experience that we may feel we have little energy left to give to understanding the spiritual nature of reality. When so much of our attention is focused on the bad and unwanted, however, proper appreciation of good and gratitude for it may be largely missing from our lives. How can we correct this so that we see and cherish the spiritual goodness needed to bring greater happiness and health into our lives?
God, Spirit, is the source of all good. It's natural, then, to find that learning more about God helps us to see more of the spiritual good He is giving His children. Even during times of trouble and fear we can turn to God and trust His goodness. When we prayerfully seek God in this way, we are learning to yield only to His presence, His power, His substance, and His law.
This yielding helps us to understand that because man is, in fact, spiritual, our life must also be immortal, spiritual. ``The way through which immortality and life are learned,'' writes Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, ``is not ecclesiastical but Christian, not human but divine, not physical but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual.''
This spiritual understanding of man's immortality as God's creation brings with it the spiritual awareness of man's unity with God. The Bible tells us how to find this unity. In Philippians we read, ``Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.'' Looking at the true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, and virtuous in our experience magnifies our ability to see and express the related qualities. And as we do this we see more clearly that God is ever-present good; we become more receptive to His goodness, His presence, His peace.
This means we face problems not turn away from them. We face them as Christ Jesus did when he healed those who sought him. He never ignored problems, but he cherished the goodness of God and healed through an understanding of God's power. To be spiritually aware of the good God has already provided, and to subscribe to His goodness, is to cherish man's God-given harmony.
Action, more than words, is needed. What we say and what we do can blend together, however, and prove our fidelity to God. Thus, when we are facing difficult times, we can look to God and see the spiritual reality -- God and His goodness. This helps us to realize that the solution to our difficulties is in Spirit and the awareness of God in our experience. This is cherishing good.
As we strive to be spiritually alert, we learn to seek God and His goodness no matter how fear-inducing present circumstances appear. Cherishing goodness in this way gives us a solid trust in Spirit, and unshakable faith in God's care.
Cherishing good, we see more good in others -- we see more clearly that man is made in God's image and likeness. The many blessings in our experience can be cherished as we strive to be spiritually alert to God's ever-present good. Such spiritual radicalism can change the world.