2/11: Thinking inside out

2/11: Thinking inside out

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  1. God FIRST. Got it. Thanks.

  2. "To live inside out," is to live out FROM God as the source of our life and strength, learning to listen to find out what God has prepared for us, not to decide what our limited day will be!
    We might be tempted to set our own priorities, (after all is our life!) But turning first to God, realizing that we are a reflection of the One God, and we already have the qualities of divine wisdom and grace, releases us from the burden of not knowing what 's next. Then we won't have to ask ourselves, 'would my plan work?'
    "Vivir al revés", es vivir DESDE Dios como la fuente de nuestra vida y fuerza, aprender a escuchar para descubrir lo que Dios ha preparado para nosotros, ¡no para decidir cómo será nuestro limitado día!
    Podríamos tener la tentación de establecer nuestras propias prioridades, (¡después de todo, es nuestra vida!) Pero volviéndonos a Dios primero, al darnos cuenta de que somos el reflejo del único Dios, y que ya tenemos las cualidades de la sabiduría y de la gracia divina, nos libera de la carga de no saber lo que nos viene. Entonces no tendríamos que preguntarnos, "saldrá bien mi plan?

  3. Thank you so much; beautiful words!

  4. Your Lift, Brian, just popped up in my email. It's the middle of the night, and time for rest. However the tiny voice whispered, "Listen now." I find life is better when I don't argue with angel messages. Yes, I listened, and your shared message is exactly the guidance I need to use in my assigned task in the morning. May I be as trusting as you were when you didn't worry about the "inside out t-shirts," and when you followed spiritual directions in your chaplain ministry.

  5. Thank you so much Brian -I always love your lifts simple and touch the heart. N

  6. What a great reminder: to let our "prayorities" be established by divine Love. Thanks Brian.

  7. Brian, thank you!

    Jesus controlled his outward environment from within. It is this calm atmosphere from within accompanied with the authority of Truth, that allowed Jesus to still the storm over the Sea of Galilee, to walk over the wave, to save Peter, who began to let the outward circumstances according to physical sense, govern his inward thought, to pass through the angry mob, and to speak as the Father speaks when healing the sick and the sinning.
    In order to speak as God speaks “the human self must be evangelized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual.” This is what Mrs Eddy says, and then "peace on earth" is revealed..

  8. It's the only way, really! Thank you !!

  9. Many thanks Brian for this inspiring reminder. Yes. "Let God [divine Love] direct us in all of our duties." "Be firm and be faithful; desert not the right;/ The brave become bolder the darker the night./ Then up and be doing, though cowards may fail;/ Thy duty pursuing, dare all and prevail." (Christian Science Hymnal #18).

  10. When asked by her grandson, "how old are you?" Grammie replied: "I don't know." "I know" came the reply. Inside my underpants it says for 3-5 year olds." I love that story as an example of what the little child saw, knew and understood. Thank you, dear, Brian, for the true message of what is inside as our spiritual identity, is what we reflect and express outside.

  11. Brian, Thank you.

  12. Thank you.

  13. These words are so beautiful and inspiring!
    Thank you!

  14. Thank you

  15. Dear Brian, Thank you for this - a lovely way of putting (describing) our life in Christ!! I shall remember it, when I think of the inside out T-shirts!! I find, also, that we can grow to value and appreciate and cherish this way of being more and more. It sets us free from the 'other stuff' - yes, the 'to-do lists' but more, it frees us from anxiety and threat. Today on the (UK News) was the pronouncement of the amount of money we shall need, to provide care for us in 'old age' - but our 'inside out' thinking sets us free from this also, as we reach the understanding of know who is our True Carer!! Thank you again for this Lift - lifting it so truly is!

  16. God our minute by minute guide. thank you Brian for a lovely daily lift. love and peace to all for a Godinspired day.

  17. Love it. What a nice grandpa you must be!

  18. Thank you - exactly what I needed to hear!

  19. Thank you so much for this. Living inside out, from the great Heart of God outwards in obedience and praise to Him, is the real way to live. It is the great difference between the grand reality of being the spiritual expression of God, forever seen and loved by Him, and the non-starter of being a transient material impression of something outside His Allness. Thank you again for your inspiring message.

  20. Thank you Brian Talcott for this "right side up" message

  21. Mrs. Eddy explains thinking when she says to her forever followers, "The self-seeking pride of the evil thinker injures him when he would harm others. Goodness involuntarily resists evil. The evil thinker is the proud talker and doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness. (Copyright, 1909, by Mary Baker Eddy. Renewed, 1937. As found in The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, page 210.)

  22. Thank You for this lift.

  23. Thank you Brian. How good to realize that God is always there first. We are inseparable from His consciousness, we are His reflection, and already obedient to our loving Father's wishes and commandments. And this realization has the power to reverse a strong wind behind a bushfire, so that a crop of almost ready to harvest wheat is saved. Not friends who hurried to come and help, but God Who was there first and reversed the threat of the flames.
    Thank you Nate and the production team; the BoL and lecturers; and the Daily Lift family.

  24. Thank you for this wonderful way to srart our day and week. God is always with us no matter what it is outside.

  25. Podemos decir que vivir al revés es viviri en el error, o sea no vivir, es dejarnos arrastrar por un concepto absurdo de vida en la materia, a veces me parece que oscilamos entre una certeza de vida sólo espiritual y entre la creencia de continuidad después del pasaje muerte, siento que en esa transcisión perdemos esa indivdualidad y entramos en la verdadera realidad donde nuestra supuesta individualidad se disuelve para despertar a una sóla individualidad la divina siendo el ser absorbido por ella, Un solo Ser y ese sí individual y absoluto de toda otra suposición.

    Parafraseando a Eddy,"Si Dios es Mente y llena todo el espacio, si está en todas partes" entonces también nos colma y somos en Él y por Él y por lógica divina de Él, en esa porción inmarcesible que le pertenece, para gloria y gozo nuestro de volver de donde salimos.

    "No hay memoria de lo que precedió, ni tampoco de lo que sucederá habrá memoria en los que serán después" Porverbios.

    Palabras a mi entender que definen que nada de los acontecimientos pasados y futuros trasciende sino solo el espíritu y que los sucesos que vivimos son alegorias como asi mismo nosotros lo somos en un sentido material de las cosas, pero imperecederos en Dios.

    Michisimas gracias Brian, muy buen comienzo de Daily Lift

  26. Thanks for the Daily Lift

  27. Thank you for your Daily Lift just what I needed thismorning Elizabeth

  28. Thank you for turning first to God and then sharing your directions for success with us this morning." Thou wilt be held in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee."

  29. Great "lift" Brian. Thank you so much.

  30. Thank you

  31. A very helpful thought for me this morning. Thank you.

  32. This is a truly beautiful and inspiring Lift. Thank you so much, Brian. I love the metaphor and truths you have given us, which are so powerful. Thank you again!

  33. To start from God and work out is so important! Thank you!

  34. Thank you very much this daily lift. It's really helpful for my daily prayer.

  35. Thank you :-)

  36. "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Mathew 18:3.
    I so love how many wonderful lessons we can learn from the pure, clear, loving ways of children. Thank you Brian!

  37. Thanks so much, Brian, for starting our week on the right note. I have a couple of poems I start with each morning in my prayer/study. One is Morning start-up by Kardyne Flad Steacy (Sentinel, December 8, 1997) which begins:

    Praying to God each morning
    And listening for His plan
    We'll hear His angel messages
    Before we talk with man.

    The last verse is:
    Trusting God to guide us
    In everything we do
    With joy we'll start each morning
    By knowing what is true.

    The other poem is "In the morning: by Edith J. Clumper (Sentinel, December 1. 1997) which ends with:

    And as Iisten, watch, and pray,
    God's thoughts will come. Throughout the day
    His truth is here, His wisdom is mine,
    To guide me with His love divine.

    As Mary Baker Eddy begins Science and Health in the Preface, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." It certainly will be when we trust on God's thoughts to guide us throughout the day.

    I'm looking forward with great anticipation to your lecture at my church in Brookings, Oregon, April 20th, on "How Relying on God Brings Healing."

  38. Wonderful Lift in praying for ourselves and in praying - caring - for others! Thank you, Brian, Daily Lift staff, all!

  39. Great lift! Thank you :-)

  40. Thank you Brian and thanks to all the comments. It was a great start for me. I will first please God and put Him first in my thoughts instead of worrying about what other people think I should be doing. My "to-do´s list" will be arranged by God. I will listen and rejoice as Mrs Eddy says in one of his hymns.

  41. This is very helpful. Thank you.

  42. Beautiful, Brian! Someone once said, "What You Think of Me is None of My Business"! But what God thinks of us.....now that's our business! It seems more and more challenging to not be conformed to this world with its endless pleas for more materialism, more medicine, more things, more popularity, more money, etc. Mrs. Eddy said, in many ways throughout her writings, that it takes courage to utter Truth. And Jesus always advised not to go the way of the world. Why? Because they both knew that the ways of the world are foolishness to God. To live out from God, to think out from God, is what Christian Science wisely teaches and supports us in doing! That is thinking and living inside out! Thank You so much!

  43. Brian,

    Thanks for the reminder to put first things first, God and Divine direction first, and all other effects will be Divinely directed...! Great thought to carry through the day and the week...!

  44. Wonderful...I'm so grateful for this message.

  45. It's nice to know that our understanding of this scientific fact supports our neighbors
    throughout the community and world from myriad false beliefs, as well.

    "let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me.....and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!"

    Daily Lift Team:

    The quote is from a prayer in the Church Manual by Mary Baker Eddy on page 41, line 19:

    Daily Prayer. Sect. 4. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: "Thy kingdom come;" let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in
    me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!

  46. Thank you! Yesterday i had a call from my daughter who lives far away. It is amazing how my little grandchildren can change my outlook. As the little two year old helped her mom, sweep and clean up,, my daughter said, tell gramma what you just did. Not hearing anything, my daughter quickly told me that she was telling me!, by repeating the motions she used to help, demonstrating such trust that this was all it took, to relay to me, her action.
    I love the purity and simplicity of living this demonstrates, as well as trust. What joy to witness! I thought you might appreciate the story. I want to have a childlike belief in enoughness. I love it, from the inside out. It means for me to find my way by listening for the still small voice, amidst all the noise.

  47. I love this lift.

  48. Gee, Brian, this lift ist so beautifully simple and clear, it makes me smile all the time listening. I can just imagine your grandson putting on the t-shirt inside-out. Yes, isn't the pure joy that one which comes from deep inside! Then, when coming out it can only bless and light the day and the people who are within the radius of that joy.
    Thank you soooooo much ! :-)
    PS: Now, really: what's wrong with wearing the t-shirt inside- out? Even for socalled grown-ups ??? :-)

  49. THANK YOU Brian and Nancy #4, Steve, #7, ( I agree with Deborah, #17) and Margaret #23, how inspiring! Thank you ALL for your comments, I look forward to them each day!

  50. Brian,
    We can so relate to - to the Tee! Thanks for sharing these angel thoughts! !

  51. As a child, I was always worried about what others thought of me. When C/S came into my life, it took that burden off of me. Oh yes! It didn't happen right away. It took practice and perseverance. Living out from God and not worrying about what other people think really destroys stress and make one's work easier.
    By Tobias A. Weissman

  52. Thanks, Brian, for this most helpful Lift!

  53. Thank you. Yes, a good reminder — to please God! That always makes me happy and blesses others, too.

  54. What a great "visual" picture you gave us this AM! I have had a turning around or inside come out feeling lately. Our little group of "Lifters" is changing the world! We don't need to count how many of us there are going on our daily rounds as long as we keep the watchtowers of our world in God's hand. Listening to Him/Her first and following all day will let the One Ego be in charge. Thank you Brian and all the BOL who go around our world bringing immortal Truth to light.

  55. Thank you, Brian for this wonderful lift, and thanks to all the helpful ideas that have flowed from it through others.
    I woke up long before daylight, troubled with some thoughts that definitely started outside, not in. It seemed silly to lay tossing and troubled, so I came down to start my day early and pray for guidance and peace. Your lift, and the other thoughts are what came to calm worries and refocus thought on going forward confidently, letting God's day unfolding before me. Time to be like a ray shining out from the sun--grateful and giving.
    Peace to all.

  56. Brian - So good to hear (even indirectly) from you again. Your experiences as a young Chaplain rang bells with me - as I experienced similar confusions as a Chalain Assistant during WWII - until I finally also realized I only had to respond to God's directions at any & all times - to harmonize my experiences with my Chaplain, others in the chain of command, et cetera. [Once when we seemed "lost" behind the enemy lines in France, I got a clear message to make a fast U-turn with the jeep & find our unit again. That idea led us safely back to a secured area - and my Chaplain later agreed that it was best that I had not delayed in discussing it with him.] Looking forward to hearing the lecture you are giving in Carlsbad in early March. Many thanks again for your inspiring uplift today..

  57. Very good! Thank you, Brian and all who contributed to this Lift today!

    Bountiful blessings!

  58. Which comes first? The "motive to live aright" or the "turning to God first"? How can we turn to God first without having the true motives for our ambition, livelihood, relationships etc? I loved the lift, Brian, but it has raised some questions. Thank you!

  59. Very lovely! Thank you !

  60. Thanks, a great lift --and it truly gives me something to ponder. Thanks! A super way to begin my work day.

  61. What a gift today..wonderful thoughts. Thank you!

  62. A very welcome Lift. Thank you.

  63. very helpful. thanks. such a good reminder.

  64. Thinking (living) inside out - I love it! Please God first and you will surely please everyone else. Thank you for this practical and inspired Daily Lift.

  65. Thanks Brian!
    It's so neat that you could take a lesson from toddlers with inside-out tee shirts, and let it be a lesson for us, (as it was for you as a chaplain) to be pleasing to God, from our inside-out prayers, thoughts and actions.

  66. Loved this lift! It reminded me of a grandson who always wore his T-shirts inside out, because the tags (which sometimes could not be removed easily without damaging the shirt) irritated his skin. How practical! He didn't fight with the irritation, he just put it away from him (as Jesus said to his challenges,"get thee behind me, Satan"). Wonderful to know that we can all put irritations or uncertainty behind us and improve our experience by living "from the inside out."
    Thanks to Nate, Brian, the YDL team, BoL, and all commenters. Your Daily Lift truly lifts the thought!

  67. Thank you so much Brian. It had me thinking about a familiar Bible verse in a new light:

    II Cor 4:16 but

    16 but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

    The outward appearance of man is the man that mortal thought would want us to accept as the God created man, but we know that this appearance will vanish as we place less and less reliance on it. But the inward man, the real man, the truth about man as God's image and likeness, will be renewed in our thinking day by day.

    What a wonderful blessing to be able to think about the divine qualities inside and then to live out the truth of the inward man outside in our daily experience..

  68. I love the thought of living out from the great goodness of God. Thank you.for this inspiring Lift.

  69. What a wonderful lift, Brian, so chock-full of strengthening thoughts for our day! The one about pleasing God first, particularly, reminded me of how Jesus pleased his and our divine Father by his obedience to Him. Following his baptism by John, "lo a voice from heaven, saying "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."" (Matt 3) I love the fact that as we, too, are obedient to God and use what abilities we have to do His work for us each day, moment by moment, we can increasingly sense the Father's love for and delight in us. Jesus seems to makes this clear in his parable of the talents. The two servants who put their talents to work and thereby earned more, received this praise and promise from their lord: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matt 25) Not only did they experience their lord's joy in them, but they were promoted to higher, more satisfying responsibilities doing their lord's (our Lord's) work!

  70. I love that your motive, which simply means, that which gives action and comes directly from God,
    was to let the boys rejoice in their own God directed action. No second guessing their inspiration.

    It takes humility to do that and we all know that soon enough they will be ready to hear that the shirt goes on the other way.

  71. What a neat way you've restated to "love God with all our heart and soul and mind." Thanks.

  72. Thanks, Brian. Perfect for me to hear, as I just was talking with my boss this morning about my need to get better at prioritizing.

  73. This is such a wonderful lift! It is exactly what I needed to hear to help me put things in the right perspective today... thank you!

  74. Excellent Lift, Brian - Thank you! I've stuck a Post-it on the edge of my monitor "LIVE INSIDE OUT!" Today and every day.

  75. Thank you, Brian, for “Thinking inside out … live out from God as the source of our life and strength …” It’s that “seek ye first …” way of living. Even though I have my To Do and other lists, I find that going to God to edit and revise or toss out and start anew with best practices for going through each day as a Christian Scientist, is The Way. Jesus, the Master Christian, went to God for everything. What a great example we are called to follow. Our dual and impersonal worldwide pastor, The Holy Bible and Science and Health, which can be “heard” through the Bible Lessons each week, helps me stay on course and improve my healing practice. There are no higher standards and no more honorable codes of conduct. “Thinking inside out” is going to the infinites possibilities first, instead of being distracted by finite limitations. I find that yielding my human to the Divine is that seemingly material "loss" that is the really the substantial spiritual "gain" that blesses me and mine and all. Amen. :-)

  76. It seems that young people have alot about life they can share with their older relatives. I attended my first horse show over the weekend in which my niece was a participant. The horses seemed enormous in comparison to their young riders. It seemed the most successful riders were those who were able to communicate to their horses to "listen and obey" as they were going through their routines. Thanks for reminding me of the importance of beginning each day with prayer.

  77. Thank you.

  78. living in side out / the first commandment...How we do forget..

  79. Thanks so much for starting in the heart and with hearing Love as director.
    So helpful and top clarifying... praising from the center Thanks

  80. A very helpful, practical and spiritual message/Lift --- effectively explained Brian, thank-you! Good/God's Day to all.

  81. Great idea. Inside out takes guts.

  82. There isn't anything better or more effective or more practical than to pause & go to God first.

  83. A perfect motive, a perfect prayer. Thank you Brian.

  84. I like this lift! What a clear message
    Thank you.

  85. God is #1 on my To Do list! Thanks!

  86. In July 2004 I had an inside-outside experience I simply cannot forget. It was Sunday, a very hot day. My husband and I had eaten lunch in a small mountain-hut and were now on our way back to our car, approximately one and a half hours walk. As the path was narrow, we walked one behind the other. Suddenly I realized how I became weaker and weaker, walking became difficult, I nearly fainted. At that ver moment I found myself on a little bridge, I bent myself over the railing - the picture of a withered flower, I couldn't think a single thought. Then in my innermost being a voice: "I, the Lord change not" (Mal. 3:6). Then another voice: "Yes, that's true in the spiritual realm." First voice: "Right, but it has consequences in the material world." At that instant all weakness was gone. I was free and could follow my husband with ease. He hadn't even realized the difficulty I had been in. - Thanks to God and to MBE who showed me how to read the Bible with insight.

  87. What an out-of-the-box Lift. It is a delightsome one! Like all the other listeners and responders, "Thank you."

  88. Thanks. I've just finished my third listen today. Two early in the morning, and this as the day closes. Helpful each time, especially the words about the to-do list. Obeying God should be the top item, and sometimes I have written just the word "God" at the top of my lists as a reminder.

  89. Thanks for this message of living inside out and listening to God and obeying, no matter what. So helpful today.

  90. Cute title, great outsiding of the idea. smiling. :-)))

  91. A great way to start each day! Thanks Brian.

  92. Thank you, Brian - I just listened to this. It is just the message my early morning thoughts had been embracing today, but a desire that I had been cherishing but not really focused on. Thank you so much! Magnify God and His goodness!

  93. Thank you Brian and all commentors. Wonderful!!

  94. So grateful for these divinely-inspired insights, Brian !
    You remind me of the CS services at the base.
    Thanks for all that you do ---

  95. "inside out" is a good thought-picture! Thank you.

  96. Dear Brian, thank you so much for your inspiring Daily Lift.

    How thought provoking "living inside out".

    It leads one to ask the question, is one in the picture, or is the picture in me?.

    Does one live in the home, or does the home live in me?.

    All have a wonderful adventure.

    Love in Christ

    Peter Reichl-Cunningham.

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