1/14: The importance of good in the human scene Jon Benson from Los Angeles, California, USA. More lifts with Jon. Watch a lecture with Jon. Trouble listening? Try updating your Flash Player. Download 80Comments AAA Print January 14, 2014 martin vesely - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon for this Lift that brings such an important point to light. As we see, and begin to identify more of the good in the human experience, we are in fact getting a glimpse of the spiritual reality that not only lies behind it but is its very foundation. Good, as we learn in Christian Science, is another name for God. The good we see and do is all that is real. Through acts of kindness and charity and goodwill we come to see and know that God is here with us now, in this human experience. Scott - 1/14/2014 How wonderful to see the Christ made manifest in every day life, to see God appearing as individual being, and not to judge by the way things appear. After finishing up a very difficult task with the IRS, in which one of their employees displayed kindness, care and consideration, I commented, "you are God-like." "Really?", she asked. "I am going to tell my son you said that." I have learned, and am still learning, not to try to heal or reform or improve anyone, but just to bear witness to their Christ identity. If you keep your eye on the source, you see the manifestation everywhere. Thanks for this great lift . Karim from Marin - 1/14/2014 Jon, thank you for this illuminating Lift which so vividly and vibrantly reminds us of where our true home and residence really is - the place where we live and move and have our being. Just lovely! nela - 1/14/2014 Thank you, Jon, for “The importance of good in the human scene … as a signpost to God …” Yes!!! Christian Science requires the acceptance and proof of God as absolute Good – and we in that image and likeness. “The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea … rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God ... Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth" (S&H 90:24). Like most Christian children, I was encouraged to “be good” by obeying the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule with Jesus as my example. But, that didn’t seem to be the way of the world. My dad explained that we know we’re doing good, when we can honestly answer “Yes!” to the question, “If everyone in the world thought or said or did what I am right now, would I really like that world – feel safe and be healthy and happy in it?” My mom was great at pointing out the difference between relative and absolute good, so that I increasingly choose and live according to what I understand as good “right now” and so build on a strong foundation, as I grow in my understanding of Good. “The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal mind or immortal Mind that is causative. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal” (S&H 195:11). What's good? “Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2). Maurice Dawson, Belfast - 1/14/2014 Jon, Thank you. Seeing the good helps us see the spiritual, which is the only real. Michael - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon for this inspirational insight. I never considered how much the "human scene" can reflect the Spiritual unseen. Under the marginal heading, "Thoughts are things" Mrs. Eddy writes, "Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts." (261:2) and "Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul." (269:14) A shadow imitates the image of a material object, but its form depends upon the angle of the light creating it. Thus we get a sense of God's spiritual omni-presence in its often misshaped material counterpart. A false material distortion only impacts the reflection, never touching the true reflected spiritual object. But even this distorted material reflection is certain proof of God, good, expressed in all creation. hajo - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon. I am hppy too to see humanly the beauty of a rose which is in reality God´s smiling, the never ending beauty. Michael Steven Van Stone, Japan - 1/14/2014 Domo Arigato Gozaimasu Wendy from Kent - 1/14/2014 Thank you, Jon. Wow, what an opportunity to "translate" the human into the Divine! John -North Miami Beach Fl - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon for reminding us of the directional sign posts on our spiritual journey . Joy - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon, it is good to be reminded to recognize the good that those around us are doing every day, as sometimes we only see the bad things that loom up in front of us. From now on, I'll try to pause in my thinking when something bad alarms me and exchange it for something good or even nice that someone has done that day. Hamish, Scotland - 1/14/2014 Perfectly stated, thank you Jon! Mary H, AL - 1/14/2014 Thank you for this great reminder to use our spiritual signposts. Malcolm Drummond, Henrietta NY - 1/14/2014 Many thanks Jon for this great reminder. Yes. "We really do live, move, and have our being in God [good]." "One the Mind and Life of all things,/ For we live in God alone;/ One the Love whose ever-presence/ Blesses all and injures none./ Safe within this Love we find all being one." (Christian Science Hymnal # 157), name - 1/14/2014 Thank you. Violet - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon, for this emphasis on daily "practice." We are practicing something all the time, whether we know it or not, but practicing Christian Science means practicing the habit of seeing the Good that underlies and overlies the human experience. It is an awareness of the Divine Coincidence. I love Mrs. Eddy's footsteps that Nela mentions above: "observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal." This quotation is found in the section of the chapter on Physiology where she is discussing how the senses can be educated in either a right or a wrong direction. If we observe the world only from the standpoint of the limited physical senses, how pointless it might seem. But when we observe it through inspiration (a modern word for the old-fashioned word invention), study it from that perspective, and then interpret it in fresh and uplifting ways, we are practicing, not just professing, the Truth. And we are justly promoted. Aha. The right idea of education. What a blessing. Why don't we pray to observe it more often, and then watch our culture our country and our world expand out of all sordidness and mortality. Pete Franks - 1/14/2014 thank you for painting a picture of His spiritual love. Love is and always be our resting place with Him Margaret Sunshine Coast Australia - 1/14/2014 Thank you so much, Jon. I truly love this Lift. In proportion as I have silently maintained the truth of someone, - or our cats! -, so that one has changed in the middle of aggressive behaviour, to a mild-mannered and loving One, wanting only to please, and reflect their own true nature and disposition. I can see how that one is so happy and pleased to be free of the inner disturbance, and can just allow the transformed thoughts to be the expression! Thank you Nathan and Shannon; and The Mother Church - I have been re-reading William Dana Orcutt's book Mary Baker Eddy And Her Books this week. How she was able to influence his young ambitions, and how he deserved to have such a one to guide and govern his great love for the production of her books for so many years. A perfect example of "Good in the Human Scene." Troy from Barbados - 1/14/2014 Dear Jon, Thank you for this Lift. You have just expressed in this Lift, why I love photography and why I photograph. I seldom see the literal, I see the spiritual expression in what the material is reflecting. Nela and Michael (5) thank you both and thanks to the other Lifters. Michael the shadow & angle example you gave is a powerful example of Truth. We need to start seeing more of the spiritual & less of the material. Whenever I read that Christ Jesus is sitting on the right hand of God, I understand it to mean that the Christ IS fully manifested a full demonstration of being at one with God or the "at-one-ment with God" (Science and Health, p 19:22). This we can all do. After many years of weary challenges, painful experiences and sadness, I have learnt to look away from the material picture and embrace the spiritual meaning of the experience. Sometimes when we seem to be labouring with an issue, the challenge may be how we think of the issue. A recurring situation with a co-worker, family member or friend often teaches us tender forgiveness, pure love, and unchanging individuality as we continue to wisely express love amid seeming disdain. Some days I could spend a whole day with my camera and only come away with one or two good shots. The beauty of those shots overrides the time spent to get them. Is that not true of a healing; thus when you see a few at Church, see persistence, presence and individuality and you will see the many. Thx. Pam - 1/14/2014 Thanks you Jon, I will endeavor to think more this way today and in the future. Great Lesson! Marita Killian from Buenos Aires - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon for this great DL. It is so important to discover the good that is always present in our lives. Iy loved the way you expressed it. When I see a young mother looking after her kids I usually think: if a human being can express such care and tenderness, how much greater is God´s love for each one of His children! If a flower that is going to last just one day is dressed by God with such beauty, how much more beautiful must be each one of us in His sight! I feel blessed for being part of this spiritual family. Thanks again for the spiritual perspective you gave us today to think about. name - 1/14/2014 La importancia de Dios en la escena humana, es sustancial y se debe a la infinita bondad divina, ¿qué sería la humanidad sin Dios?, nada. ¿qué es la humanidad alejada de Dios? nada. Entonces, tenemos que reconocer que Dios es quien, de una manera desconocida para nosotros, da ese toque inmarcesible que hace posible el conocimiento de una realidad espiritualidad, que conlleva en sí misma el Bien, y que impulsa a obrar con bondad en beneficio de la humanidad. "Reconocemos este reino, el reinado de la armonía dentro de nosotros por un afecto o amor desinteresado, pues esta es la señal del bien divino y la insignia del cielo" MBE "Porque como el cuerpo sin el espíritu, esta muerto, así también la fe sin obras esta muerta" Santiago La actividad del bien se manifiesta permanentemente para ser primer actor en la escena humana, y librar a la humanidad del sufrimiento, es el mayor argumento escrito, que se representa diariamente, a la humanidad, no solo para ser leido y olvidado sino para ser representado permanentemente, sin mácula y con mucho esfuerzo, para que Dios este representado siempre en la escena humana, porque para eso vino Cristo, el mayor actor, porque estuvo siempre en la escena del Bien. Muchas gracias Jon, por la diaria representación que hace el Daily Lift de la escena divina. name - 1/14/2014 Thank you for this perfect message! Thank you so much to Mr Benson. Also, thanks to all the staff who make this Lift possible, and to the commenters. Lori in Crescent City California - 1/14/2014 Thanks, Jon, for the reminder of the importance of seeing good in the human scene. On the wall next to my computer I have framed nine photographs of my daughter from about one month old to 3 years. My heart overflows with love when I look upon it. How much more must my Father-Mother God's Love be! A lovely thought to ponder. Another name for God is Good and this is what we must always be looking for throughout the day. Wonderful, thoughtful comments today - thanks to all! Faye Harrod - 1/14/2014 Such a lovely way to get into the constant awareness of God; and what a warm and lovely feeling it brings to be closer to God constantly. Thank you, thank you! Amber Granes - 1/14/2014 Isn't that what Christian Science is and teaches! Man in the kingdom of heaven (we see here now) needs no cultivation, that Divine Love spoken of here made him cultured. We must claim and know we live in that atmosphere of Divine Love where God made all perfect and spiritual, not a human 'culture' of race, opinion, limitation and defect. name - 1/14/2014 Wonderful... Thank u! :-) Karen in the Chicago area - 1/14/2014 I am glad to be reminded of the steadfastness of Divine Love, no matter what. Thank you, Jon, for this sincere and provocative daily lift. grace - 1/14/2014 Beautiful lift! We don't skip the human in our journey do we? We embrace the signposts in the human experience that point us to God's reality! What fun it will be today to look for signposts! And give God the glory for them! name - 1/14/2014 Wow, this lift really means so much to me. I am about to resign from a very stressful job because of a difficult relationship with the boss. The other day she was on the phone with her daughter and spoke so lovingly to her. This tender moment reminded me that even though I feel persecution from this person, that God really is in the picture. Seeing even a little good in our human experience can help us overcome the hard times. Thank you so much Jon for this wonderful lift, and also thanks for the great comments. Bevi, Sandpoint, ID - 1/14/2014 Dear Jon, thank you for being with us this morning! You always bring such a unique perspective to the understanding of Christian Science and Christianity! I believe understanding the Human and the Divine Coincidence is one of the main purposes of Christian Science. Jesus said he came to give us Life more abundantly and then proved or demonstrated it - right here on earth - in the Human experience. He was able to do his healing work because he saw God or Good right where others saw Evil or Error. As Mrs. Eddy said, this Human experience is our Classroom - the stage on which we are privileged to demonstrate Spiritual reality - step by precious step. The Kingdom of Heaven is already here and we are made to see it and bear witness to it - Now! Oh so love these Lifts and our devoted Lecturers and Lifters! Denise in MN - 1/14/2014 In times of calamity I see the signposts to God by observing, admiring and being grateful that there are 'helpers'. How interesting to look for more subtle signposts to God each day by observing the beauty of the natural world and the good qualities I witness in others but often don't give enough focus to. Thank you. Judith in Reno NV USA - 1/14/2014 Thanks Jon a reminder of what we need to do daily, hourly, minute-by-minute! Thanks to all the others as well! Judith in Reno Dieter Goebel - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon. Obrigada Jon. Jan in Laguna Hills - 1/14/2014 Thank you, Jon. Very well put. D.J. - TN, USA - 1/14/2014 Excellent, Powerful. Thank you. A "lift" to save and listen to again. ============================================================================ The "daily lift" is one of the best things the Mother Church has been divinely directed to put together. Thank you. Normajean - 1/14/2014 Thank you for such a tender and powerful Lift. Lesley - 1/14/2014 Lovely and true! thank you! Lyn in Alabama - 1/14/2014 Thank you so much Jon for this inspiring perspsective. There's so much to bring joy in our lives. Often the mist of mortal mind obscures our view, or so we think. However spiritual thought knows no barriers, transcends the finite and opens our vision to the infinite possibilities of Mind. I love to think that love, beauty and goodness await us on the other side of the dissipating mist. Many thanks to all those who responded, Nela with your quote from Mrs. Eddy, "...,promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal," Michael for your insights on resolving things into thoughts, Troy for your gift of capturing spiritual beauty in your photographs, and Martin for your clear insights. I missed you last week, Martin, and was glad you returned with your posts. Thanks too to so many others who posted, too many to name in my response. We are truly blessed for the Good that surrounds us. Today I'll celebrate the Christ in everyone I see and find the good wherever I look. As Mrs. Eddy says, "Today is big with blessings." k.james - 1/14/2014 Jon, your Lift reminds me of a morning walk when I saw two doves that appeared to be fighting. I told them, "No! That's not what doves do! You are a symbol of peace!" They stared at me, stopped what they were doing, and behaved like the beautiful ideas that they always were. Naturally. Joan in Washington DC - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon. Listening, I remembered the moment reading in the Bible of God creating the heaven AND THE EARTH, and suddenly the earth and the whole universe became to me a spiritual idea, full of spiritual ideas. And I glimpsed that we aren't leaving a mortal earth to go to a spiritual heaven, we are exchanging the mortal for the immortal idea. And I remembered in "Possession," Adam Dickey writes, quoting Mrs. Eddy in S&H, "Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal" says Mrs. Eddy. and elsewhere [Miscellaneous Writings page 27] she asks, 'But, say you, is a stone spiritual? To erring material sense, No! but to unerring spiritual sense, it is a small manifestation of Mind, a type of spiritual substance, the substance of things hoped for.' " And Dickey goes on to write, "God is not separate from His ideas; the spiritual idea of anything is always present and carries with it the power and activity of infinite mind…" And Mrs. Eddy writes of "Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billow, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens,--all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Diety. Suns and planets teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards the light." [S&H 240:2] And how exciting it is to glimpse the material counterfeit giving way to the spiritual reality and the mortal to the immortal. TOBIAS A. WEISSMAN - 1/14/2014 Right now I live in a COMEDY of ERRORS, which is quite funny indeed. I am forced to see good in the human scene every day for I have Nurse Aide help 24/7 and they argue amongst themselves continuously. As I correct the mortal scene each moment, all of a sudden these Aides are loving each other which just a moment before they were arguing. So why get so upset over NOTHING? So this is just one example of how I see good in the human scene. It's all by reversal. By TOBIAS A. WEISSMAN Rob Nagel - 1/14/2014 Jon, I look forward to meeting you some day. You are a cool cat. I like what you have to say and how you say it. Thanks. EMJ - 1/14/2014 Thank you, Jon, for this wonderful, simple lift. It truly met a need today! Special thanks to all those who shared their insights. Marilyn from Maine - 1/14/2014 Thanks. There is so much to think about in this lift. I continue to be so grateful for all that Mary Baker Eddy did to bring Christian Science the world. She certainly appreciated the good in daily life, as did Christ Jesus. It seems to me that one way to look at the book of the Bible "The Acts of the Apostles" is to see how they made daily life, moment by moment, a place to follow what Christ Jesus taught. Gail Smith - 1/14/2014 Thank you! name - 1/14/2014 Yes, so true your message. Mary Baker Eddy certainly experienced the love of a wonderful mother and siblings so she knew how to apply that love during her lifetime and it made her understand Christian Science that assures us God, Spirit, made us in his image and likeness, the understanding that enabled her to love and heal consistently. And of Jesus she said '..his divinity was made manifest in his humanity..' (or humaneness). Susan D Marie - 1/14/2014 Thank you!!! So true and important to remember when, at least for me the mountain seems so challenging to climb and the invisible becoming visible is a moment of reality am I in here. Then, I hear the message to just tell the mountain to be gone and see the invisible fully visible. Blessing of gratitude, Susan name - 1/14/2014 Thank you for the reminder to look out and upward for examples of God's presence. Raymond in Nashville - 1/14/2014 Perhaps the best Daily Lift that I have heard, certainly one of the best. Principled human stands, even (especially?) in "politics" on the human scene, point to God, are NOT to be avoided or disdained. Kaye from Kansas - 1/14/2014 Thank you very much for this mini lecture! It is a lift to be treasured! El Paso Patt - 1/14/2014 Sometimes it is so difficult to mentally reverse the material picture taking place before one's eyes and from which you can't extricate yourself physically right at that moment.. But that is exactly when you must extricate yourself mentally by declaring God's love is active right then and loving everyone involved. That God is totally in control and nothing but his true beauty of peace is the only action going on. We don't have to give in to the mortal scene, but celebrate the Christ in everyone as 39 suggests. Lifting (mentally and physically) can be effortless when we let God do the lifting and just relax and reflect that power (God helped me carry a heavy useless microwave oven from the kitchen to the street curb for pickup which took place even before the trash collector arrived. It just mysteriously disappeared. No charge (smile)). Thanks one and all for sharing. Alice Triggs - 1/14/2014 Yes, we do! Thank you Jon. Reese Eichle - Encino - 1/14/2014 I love this lift. When we're grateful for good and take the principled stand, we can see that God didn't make no junk, all is infinite Mind, God, and its effect. CORINNE CORDOBA, ARGENTINA - 1/14/2014 THANK YOU SO MUCH JON AND ALL LIFTERS. HYMN 392 STARTS: " WITH LOVE AND PEACE AND JOY SUPREME WE HAIL THE NEW APPEARING..." Melvyn Torbay UK - 1/14/2014 Thanks Jon, so gently explained. Hymn 53 came to my thought. Everlasting arms of Love . . Are beneath, around, above; Fay - 1/14/2014 Such a helpful tie of two views becoming one. Thank you for this thoughtful deep view of the appreciation of the good that reveals our link to Good itself. . Connie from Canada - 1/14/2014 Although I do not comment with every lift, as some of you so faithfully do, I still feel very connected to everyone. I feel God's love through the person giving the lift, as well as each one commenting. How wonderful! What a beautiful expression of Love on the human scene. You've all become like family to me. Thank you everyone! Hal in FL - 1/14/2014 Thank you, Jon, for this and all your beautiful "lifts." Each one lifts me up and holds me in God's eternal light. I'm looking forward to meeting you in person in Florida next month. name - 1/14/2014 I thank you so much for the helpful lift. Jennifer - 1/14/2014 Thank you so much Jon! Yes, a great reminder to see with God's eyes. Only good is present. Carol in Ballwin - 1/14/2014 Gratitude for the reminder to constantly look for God's gift. As I drove through icy-rain I looked ahead and saw beautiful blue sky peaking thru the clouds. Peacefully, Carol name - 1/14/2014 Thank you so very much for this very helpful message. Richie in Hermitage, TN - 1/14/2014 The evidence of Gods presence is all around. Your Lift, Jon, reminds me to "pay attention" to the good. People around me in the grocery store, in these parts, are very polite and courteous which is very refreshing. It's seeing God on the human scene, isn't it? A good and helpful friend said to me once, "You are in a place where God governs openly." It's kind of counting my blessings. But more than that, it's recognizing the Allness of God. In last weeks Bible lesson we are expectant to "Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, --- neither in nor of matter, --- and the body will utter no complaints." (Science and Health page 14:12-15) Thanks again. jb - 1/14/2014 Thank you, Jon, and all. This Lift is such a practical way of seeing God here and now in the form of all things, actions, and thoughts that are good, enduring, and true. In Progress - 1/14/2014 Thank you, Jon, and all Lifters. I had such a moment today...when I felt profoundly grateful for my workplace. As I walked outside, I told God, "This is the best thing that's ever happened to me." I loved this feeling, because it wasn't about winning some great prize or having a big salary, but more a sense of awe about how people have been placed together from around the globe for mutual blessing. It still seems like a miracle to me after six years or so. Christine - 1/14/2014 Sincerest gratitude, Jon, for this helpful, healing Lift! Seeing good on the human scene as signposts to God - just the direction needed! mel - 1/14/2014 Thank you Jon,Lifters and team...love toall Anne - 1/15/2014 Thank you for the inspiration, Jon! Doug Phillips - 1/15/2014 I like what you say that ," We live, move, and have our being in God." My Mom would always say that when I was growing up. I grew up in the Christian Science Sunday School. I am so glad that I was raised in Christian Science. It is the best of the best for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nomvula Cape Town Souh Africa - 1/15/2014 Jon, Thank you. As I listened to your Daily Lift these words from The CS Hymnal 224 came o thought"All good,where'er it may be found,Its source doth find in Thee;I must have all things and abound,while God is God to me," Alison in the UK - 1/15/2014 Thank you Jon. This lift is so practical and beautifully given. Steve Hopewell, NJ - 1/15/2014 Nice Jon! kerry - 1/15/2014 Good practice for us all! Thanks Jon. Robin - 1/15/2014 Thank you Jon for the reminder of Truth and not being distracted by the mist. ginny s. - 1/15/2014 Jon, your point on goodness in daily life is essential for insight into being humane. It reminds me of a comment a dear CS friend shared with me. Her husband, a deep thinker, said, "I know there is a God because no one can invent love." "Goodness on the human scene," caring for others, makes the same point. It's love. LBB - 1/15/2014 "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Ps.118:24) In reminding myself of this at the start of a day or when things aren't going so well, I like to modify it by saying, " I will rejoice in its goodness." This makes me expect goodness and look for goodness, as you so well expressed, Jon. Louise Johnson - 1/17/2014 I like your comparison of the human good with the spiritual fact of God's goodness. Marilyn from Idaho - 1/18/2014 Jon,your Lift reminded me of the statement in Retrospection & Introspection, page 22 ln 1 & 2. "The human history needs to be revised and the material record expunged." I was almost drawn in to believing that my dear brother suffered from mental illness for years and passed on recently. God is our only origin, aim, and being. This truth enables me to see and look for goodness every day. Thanks and God Bless Linda - 1/18/2014 I'm so glad I saved this Lift to read later. I had no time the day it was online, but what a wonderful invitation to delve deeper into spiritual understanding and stay out of the physical shallows. Thank you so much Jon.