W.O.W.- Peter walked on water and so can we. Every day includes opportunities to witness and express the extraordinary. Man as the reflection of God is completely unlimited. So why do we sit in our boats - all tied up in little knots, feeling like we are getting nowhere - when we are created, by divine design, to walk on water?
This year my New Year's resolution is a little different than in past years. No more thinking small. Sure, I would like to eat better, move more, and drop off unecessary habits that waste my time. But rather than focus on the minnows of limitation nipping at my toes, I would like to go after the big fish of fear that would tell me I can't get out of the boat and express my unlimited potential for good. And I think I can do this in four steps.
Read Step 1 - Think bigger thoughts of God.
Read Step 2 - Get yo_ur toes out of the boat.
Read Step 3 - Take the stretched out hand and walk.
_Step 4 - Celebrate each victory.
Every moment brings an opportunity to witness or to express divine good. When I am aware of the opportunity and embrace it, I count these moments as victories. I like that word "victory" because it indicates the defeat of an enemy (like fear or doubt), success in overcoming an obstacle (like limitation) and some sense of triumph or dominion being expressed.
To me, it is essential to progress - and to W.O.W. - to stay very conscious of the victories each day and don't let them slip away unnoticed.
Tracking and celebrating every victory, no matter how small, keeps one very present and moving in-step with the God-force of divine good.
Here is an example. For a long while, my husband was bowed under with deadlines at work. Everyone in his office was overwhelmed. The atmosphere was charged with criticism. He was feeling cornered and was contemplating changing jobs.
I had no problem with the possibility of a job change. But if that change wasn't happening in an instant, I didn't feel it was just or fair that he be so unhappy in his present position. So before he went to work each morning I reminded him that there was some amazing evidence of good unfolding for him that day - some victory. His job was to watch for it, identify it, and bring home the victory to share with me in the evening.
And he did. From receiving an email of appreciation, to meeting a deadline, to a seat opening up for him on the train, to helping a colleague fix a problem - he poured out his victories each evening. After a short time of doing this, I noticed a shift. He left for work with a smile and returned home with energy each evening. For a period of several months - nearly a year - he brought me his victories every night.
When I read his year-end review, I saw that he had more than tripled his output and every single project during the year was finished ontime. He received the highest commendation from his boss for achieving what was thought to be impossible. And he wasn't the only one. His entire team broke through enormous resistance to their work and had their best year ever.
Walking on water. Peter was up early and saw Jesus on the water. He expressed the courage and hutzpah to ask to come out on the water, too. He put his toes on the water and stood up, in spite of his education as a fisherman that told him it wasn't safe or wise. That's three victories right there.
So he stumbled and sunk a little. OK. Who hasn't? But he kept reaching for his goal and moving forward. And when he did, he not only blessed himself but, also, you and me and everyone else who has heard the story and been inspired to go do the same.
_There are no isolated victories. Every limit we challenge, every line we cross, every step on the water blesses those around us.
Peter walked on water. So can I. So can you.
Let's track and celebrate each victory on our daily walk of inspired, progressive, extraordinary living this year.
Don't just look at the water. Get out of the boat today and walk! You can live a dazzling life of unlimited good.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
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