A guest post written by Robert Nafie from Arcadia, California
It seems modern society is obsessed with statistical probabilities and future predictions of all types. We hear and see them everywhere – from national and local newspapers to best-selling books, from television commentators to talk-radio hosts, from political forecasts to weather forecasts.
It sometimes seems like public opinions and predictions about the future have taken the place of actual news and hard facts.
The views about physical health and mental health are no different. The prognostications on heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, and the like are couched in statistical likelihoods and probabilities, and in many instances the predictions are linked with age. People in their 20s have one set of likely scenarios, while those in their 30s have another set, and so on. And what I’ve found particularly aggressive is the prediction of mental decline in later years.
But I can be alert to these unhealthy thoughts and keep myself from limiting my natural God-given health and positive mental outlook. Mary Baker Eddy, an early health researcher and the founder of Christian Science, established guidelines for daily mental watchfulness as an effective barrier against these unhealthy thoughts. Because many of these dire predictions are tied to age, refusing to be pulled into a declining age scenario through daily watchfulness stops all age-related health problems in their tracks.
Embracing the idea that man’s life is commanded and coordinated by God – is eternal, healthy, and unchanged by human conditions – acts as a barrier to notions of declining aging and deteriorating health. Regardless of age, what is then felt is greater resistance to commonly regarded ailments and greater energy and enthusiasm for daily tasks. And gratitude becomes a natural expression of this healthy outlook.
The power of this healthy outlook is reinforced in Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise.” Lets stop turning to measuring and forecasting from the perspective of age and illness, and instead embrace the idea of God-give and God-sustained health. Healthy results will immediately be evident.