“The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible.” (Science and Health, page 199)
In any human endeavor as we devote our thought to something, as we fully commit to it, we lay hold of a great power to achieve our goal. Setting our mind to anything is a powerful thing to do and when we remain focused on the expectation, we can accomplish far more than we may think possible.
In this passage, Mrs. Eddy qualifies this statement with the word “honest.” We may feel that anything is possible and the sky’s the limit, but an aim that isn’t honest, isn’t genuine, isn’t from the heart, can’t truly be God’s purpose, His necessary plan, and does not have this same power to achieve and also to satisfy. Let’s weigh each idea that comes to us for advancement and decide whether or not it feels like God’s intention, the idea of Truth and Love: Does it mutually bless ourselves and others? Will it make us sincerely happy in the doing of it? Does it meet a need that will give us or others comfort or freedom from fear? Can we feel divine Love’s seal upon it, when all human justifications are set aside?
If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then put your whole trust in this idea to carry itself forth to fruition. Devote yourself to daily listening and following God in order to reach that goal in the right and most timely way. Realize that the devotion of thought to the achievement includes a devotion to God who formed that idea. So with grateful hearts and listening ears, confidently march forth into the endeavor, whether it be large or small, whether it be a healing we are working toward or a career goal that calls us forward. There is nothing that devotion to God cannot accomplish. You are well on your way!
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