You - on a Dream Team?
Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
Dream teams are an established part of modern sports. They're made up of the best participants in a given sport. The word goes out that they're invincible - a dream come true.
What are the chances of you being named to a dream team? Do you have what it takes? You may not be an Olympic hero, but you can be on a team that achieves success in any area of life, including healing.
You say you're not good enough to qualify? Take heart. You can recruit a helper. How about Christ Jesus, through the truth he taught?
Jesus was known for his ability to heal. There's no better goal than to help people as he did - follow in his footsteps. In this way, you can achieve good for mankind, which includes you yourself.
Jesus was a natural coach because he relied on God for direction in all he did. He was a master at the ins and outs of improving lives. If what he taught could feed thousands with a few fish, heal people who had been sick for years, and even bring the dead back to life, it can help you accomplish your goals in life. You can learn from Jesus by studying his teachings, found in the Gospels.
A good place to start is Matthew, Chapter 5, which presents the first installment of what is known as his Sermon on the Mount. The opening verses teach how to achieve satisfaction through becoming more humble and spiritually-minded; how to overcome persecution; how to set a shining example for others - any number of topics that are as important today as they were 2,000 years ago. This sermon could be compared to the wisdom given by a dedicated coach who wants to see his team succeed in everything they undertake - only it goes much deeper.
More than just a nice pep talk, Jesus' teachings bring out the inherent integrity and potential that are natural to us as the children of God. The four Gospels are filled with truths that are practical for success. They benefit those who strive to understand them and attempt to incorporate their content into daily living. There is no limit to the good we can accomplish when we play by the rules for life Jesus gave. They are guidelines that have divine intelligence and power behind them, because Jesus was inspired of God to teach them.
Those who learn from these teachings become healers. Note the experience of two of Jesus' disciples, Peter and John. They were instrumental in healing a lame beggar at a temple in Jerusalem (see Acts 3:1-8). The lame man wanted only money, but Peter scored big by offering actual healing to the man, who suddenly was well, "walking, and leaping, and praising God."
As we accept Jesus' teachings - relying on God for direction as he did - we find that through the power of divine Truth we can win our "matches" with all our problems. We can establish and maintain harmony in our lives, no matter what difficult situation we face.
At one time I couldn't walk without aid. I spent much time studying the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered the divine Science of what Jesus taught and named it Christian Science. I was impressed by that healing of the lame man. The power of God, which Jesus' disciples trusted, was so great that it healed lameness that had plagued that beggar from his birth. There was no way that the truth as it was understood by Peter and John through Jesus' teachings could be kept from reaching the man and healing him on the spot.
The power that brought that healing centuries ago still exists today. Jesus' disciples had proved this power for all time. This statement from "Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures," written by Mrs. Eddy, showed me how I could be an effective member of Jesus' "dream team": "We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power" (Pg. 192). As I prayed to hold my thought in line with what Jesus showed of love, I was healed, walking normally again.
Here was an example of how Christianity establishes us in unity with God's power, where victory in healing is not a dream, but something inevitable.