Do you think you have a physical, emotional, or financial problem that, no matter how much you study, pray, or work with a practitioner, is never fully resolved? Are you frustrated by a challenge that seems to be healed for awhile but then crops back up weeks, months, or years later? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, let me ask you this: Who put the word ‘chronic’ into your vocabulary?
It certainly wasn’t God, good, the divine Mind who created you, cares for you, and loves you unconditionally. “God’s thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life,” Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. “Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause.1”
Which thoughts compose you – material, temporal mortal thoughts that come and go as they please, or spiritual, immortal ideas that radiate beauty, harmony, and freedom from all limitation right now? If you accept the teachings and example of Christ Jesus, you know that man (the general term for all of God’s creation) is, always has been, and always will be a spiritual idea. That includes you!
“I and my Father are one,2” Jesus said, and “I can of mine own self do nothing.3” Mrs. Eddy put it this way, “As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being.4” What joy it brings us to know that we are all one with our Father-Mother God and as such, that it is not possible for us to have any thoughts, or any vocabulary, other than those that come from God. Since there is nothing about a chronic condition that is either perfect or eternal – in fact, everything associated with this belief is quite the opposite – then, chronicity does not exist in the realm of God’s thoughts, and consequently, it cannot survive in ours.
When you or a loved one come to Broadview for assistance or for rest and study, “chronic” is not a part of our vocabulary, either. We do not question you about recurring problems, wonder if you’ll return, or count the number of days you are here. Every morning is a new opportunity to express your love for God and give thanks for His infinite, tender care for you. As we affirm together the perfection of God and man, we know, without a doubt, that there is nothing chronic about you. Normalcy, regularity, liberty, and agelessness direct our expectations about your body, your movement, your meals, your relationships, and your thoughts.
So, don’t be fooled any longer! Whether you are temporarily at Broadview or working out a challenge at home, the outcome is clear. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 5” Let’s embrace an end to chronic beliefs right now and rejoice in the permanency of peace, which holds you tightly in its grasp forever.
– by Kendall Tuchkova, Director of Development