A guest post written by Susan Spears
Christian Scientists work every day to see God’s inspiration in their daily lives. With this in mind, the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, counsels us that “we take the inspired word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal life.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)
I know that everyone has at one time encountered inspiration in his or her life. A testimony was given recently at our church about looking up the definition of inspiration. It turns out that Webster’s says it’s: “a Divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” Wow! Divine influence. It is also ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I started thinking about inspiration in my life, and I can think of many things that inspire. Music and natural beauty being two of my most cherished subjects. Another is inspirational writing. When I was in the 6th grade, my Language Arts teacher introduced me to Max Ehrmann’s prose poem, Desiderata.
Talk about inspirational. I absolutely loved every single verse in that poem and each sentence had such a clearly expressed thought. These are all examples of Divine influence. Perhaps a good summary of Ehrmann’s poem would be Mary Baker Eddy’s idea in Science and Health: “Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, — is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.” The amazing thing about inspiration is that it brings each of us closer to God because it opens us up to the wonder of God expressed in everything.
Link to Desiderata