Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Question: Why should we long for righteousness, when happiness seems to come with having money and friends?
Answer: There is nothing wrong with having friends, family, good jobs, and the money to
purchase the things we need. But, we all learn, sooner or later, that they do not bring lasting happiness, if we have left God out of the picture. Mary Baker Eddy explains:
“Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness: conscious worth satisfies the hungry heart, and nothing else can.” (‘02 17)
Even though we are taught to love one another and do good, it is possible to become so fond of social activities, that it becomes a stumbling block to our spiritual growth:
“Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth.” (S&H 266)
Notice that divine Love is already there for us, if we are willing to recognize it. This does not mean we have to give up having friends, but that we put God first in our hearts and minds, rather than personal pleasures. God will then supply all our needs at the right time — friends
included! We will be filled with good.
Practice: Consider how friendships might bring opportunities to do good.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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