Yesterday I prayed with the first line of the paragraph in this week's Bible lesson found on page 495 of Science and Health. Today I will work with the second. Here they are. "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought."
You can choose what you are thinking about. When you find yourself ruminating, going over and over the same thing in your mind, you can decided where your focus will be. This sentence is a reminder to keep your thought on God's likeness. So what is God like? Mrs. Eddy gives several synonyms for God, ways to think about what God is and what we are as His very image. Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth and Love. So what we are allowing ourselves to think about God that way. The divine laws that govern the universe in harmony. The divine intelligence that sees everything that it had made and that it is very good. The spiritual senses that give us perfect sight and hearing. The true substance that is spiritual and perfect, without flaws or pain. The vitality and activity of being. The honesty and integrity expressed throughout all of creation. Divine Love that is all-inclusive, nurturing, guiding, protecting, cherishing each of us. As God's likeness, just like the image in the mirror, we can only reflect what is true about the Original. We do not originate anything on our own. So by praying with this sentence we are allowing that likeness to abide in our thought, to see ourselves only as God sees us, to see others only as God sees them, to be seen by others only as God sees us.
This is practical as we can apply it to any situation, any circumstance, and bring about a change in thought that leads to spiritual growth and healing. Try it today and see how easy it is to pray with this idea. Think about how long mankind accepted the idea that the world was flat. It was not flat during that time, but remained whole and round, even though no one understood the truth about it. Once they did, and it could be proved, mankind changed their thought, came in line with what had always been true. The planet did not change, our thought of it had. The planet was never the problem. You were made in God's image and likeness. That is the truth, whether you choose to believe it or not. When you come to understand it, your thought about yourself will come in line with that truth. Wouldn't you rather be the sphere, without beginning or end, than the straight line with a beginning and an end?
Tomorrow we go on to the third sentence. It's pretty powerful. See you then.