Why Should You Expect Anything but Good Health?

Why Should You Expect Anything but Good Health?

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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?

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  1. Adrienne says

    Indeed it is!! People really have choices to accept into their thinking good instead of negativity or fear. We are all so careful about the food we put in to our mouths ..lots of choices…how much more should we be careful of the thoughts we take into our heads?
    Thank you for this enlightening and encouraging post today!

    • kathy osborn says

      Thanks so much. I’m inspired to write a blog along the same lines concerning my son’s experience as a high school football captain, there were no injuries in two years ! Kathy Osborn

  2. Elizabeth Nelson says

    Thank you, Pam, for this positive affirmation of what is true and what we all need to expect. When my good attendance at work always exceeded the “Norm,” I was often asked how I did it. Keeping up my energy in a high stress position often seemed unnatural by many colleagues. I was happy to say that my love of my work and prayer were my secret. Thank you again for the wonderful blog post.

  3. belle says

    Thanks, Pam…you’re so on target. Reminds me of the saying, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” You expected health.

  4. Anne Hughes says

    Thank you, Pamela. I just came back from giving a tour to a large group of interested seniors at an historic house where I am a docent. I remarked to my husband upon my return that I realized that when I am doing that, I am perfectly comfortable, even if beforehand something was bothering me. So where did the little complaints from the body go? I was too busy rejoicing in what I was doing to listen to them…which means I am free to expect good at all times, good that God is always giving us!

  5. RUBE says

    What a blessing your girls had…..God’s Love guiding all of their joys and activities….
    That is what we expect and that is what we experience when we know that we are
    God’s loving children….even now when we are “grown up” we are always God’s
    perfect children.

    Thank you Pam