A guest post written by Pamela Scott from Poway Rancho Bernardo, California.
When my daughter was younger, she wanted to join Brownies. Because the local troop had just lost its leader I decided to volunteer. I was really happy to have those eight girls – and six years later I had sixteen girls!
During those years, my troop was known as the troop that never got sick on campouts. Another leader once asked me why none of my girls ever got sick. I smiled and said, “Why should they get sick and why would you expect something like that?” Campouts were for having fun and learning skills. I expected health and activity from the girls. She didn’t have an answer, but I know she thought about it.
This was no Pollyanna attitude toward my girls; I was genuinely concerned for their well-being. Before every campout, I prayed by acknowledging the girls’ dominion over their well-being as children of God – not “Dear God, keep my girls healthy and safe.” The Bible says God made man in his own image and that “God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” That meant that I should expect only good for my girls. You’ve heard the saying, “What you see is what you get.” I’ve always felt that what you expect is what you get.
Health researcher Mary Baker Eddy further explains this idea about God’s image and likeness in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit.” As God’s children, I expected my girls, along with all of the other troops, leaders, and chaperones, to be safe and well. There was no reason for them not to be. I refused to accept the negativity some leaders worried about, such as rain causing colds, wind causing allergies to kick up, staying up late causing tired girls in the morning. I never expected any of that to take place. And it never did with my girls.
Isn’t that a healthy way to go through life, expecting good?