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Life is good with awareness of God

August 24, 2011 - Life is good! I actually took a full week off for vacation this summer. Yeah God! With all the activities, teams, committees, work, etc. that I am involved with it wasn't an easy job to schedule the time. And, we went to my favorite beach. The beach is one that I have been going to since high school, many moons ago.

We have a family cabin there. We hadn't been there for a couple of years and my eyes tended to focus on the things that were different.

New or remodeled buildings, trees that had grown and needed trimming, the grass that was increasingly encroaching upon the gravel parking area all captured my attention.

Before long I was able to shift my attention away from the changes, some I considered negative while some I viewed as positive, and focus on the essence of what I long for at the beach: sun, sand and the sound of waves rolling onto the shore. These were there in abundance. Life is good!

Life is good when we focus on what is real, eternal, unlimited. And, the world can be a scary place, when we believe in it.

Unemployment is still high, housing prices are low. The stock markets, commodities, etc., are unstable and unsure investments at best. Wars and revolutions are raging. Severe weather seems to be the new normal.

Cancer, AIDS, H1N1 or whatever the newest designer disease is; nuclear fallout from Japan, etc., etc., etc.; no wonder the use of mood altering prescriptions, sleeping pills, stimulants and anti-depressants are on the rise.

"But take courage; I have conquered the world!" John 16:33.

The Master Teacher gave us the tools for living the good life; to be in the world but not of it (John 8:23, 14:27, 17:16, etc.)

The world is an expression of our belief in the reality of things external; a belief that we could be separate from our good, separate from God.

Conquering the world, we shall know the Truth of our unity as we have a conscious awareness of the Holy Spirit: the whole Spirit of God active within us.

"In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you" John 14:20, we are one!

The Apostle Paul was genuinely inspired when he wrote, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind" Romans 12:2.

Jesus said it this way, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17. Repent, from the Latin, literally means to think again.

From the ancient Greek its 'Metanoia' were we experience the transcendent creative power of the word (John 1:1.)

Restated, this quote could be, "Think again with a new level of understanding for the ultimate reality of God's great good is within your reach here and now."

Mind renewal or regeneration (Matthew 19:28) is the key. The regeneration begins when we stop looking to the outer world as our source.

When I realize God as the Source and my consciousness of God as my supply, all I need and desire is readily provided. The job, the investments, the economy is not the source of my good, God is!

The doctors, the medicines, the environment is the not the source of my good, God is! My spouse, family and friends are not the source of my good, God is!

Through conscious contact with God in prayer and meditation I link my mind with God Mind and draw forth Divine Ideas for expressing health and wholeness, peace and harmony, prosperity and abundance. Life is good!

Matthew E. Long is senior minister

at Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center.

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