A guest post written by Diana Usrey from Escondido, California.
I love the Hallmark Hall of Fame specials on TV. They frequently feature stories of love overcoming adversity in one form or another. The last one I watched, “Christmas In Conway” was about a man who wanted to build a Ferris wheel in his backyard for his dying wife. I bet I was not the only one who cried and cheered at the end!
But the next morning instead of thinking about the story, I started thinking about how good the acting was in that movie. The man came across as gruff while handling his grief. The wife effectively showed her happiness with her weak smile as his arms wrapped around her at night. This acting portrayed a history between the two that could be readily understood. And yet I thought: “They really are an actor and actress portraying a loving husband and a dying wife. In real life they probably hadn’t even known each other before working together.”
How a two-hour immersion in a story can fool us!
As the New Year rolls in, I’m going to really watch my thoughts and determine their source and veracity. In the Bible, John admonishes us: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1) I think those false prophets are anyone or anything that speaks of an opposite of God and His good creation. In any well-written movie, it’s easy to get bogged down in the story and forget it is not real. In day-to-day life, this can also occur if we forget that “God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 19th-century health researcher and theologian, Mary Baker Eddy, puts it this way, “We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.”
Keeping an eye on the good and watching my thought daily is my goal this year, and certainly brings with it health benefits!