8/23: Compass of freedom

8/23: Compass of freedom

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  1. "Moral living is a divine requirement." It's not a personal opinion one holds, influenced by society, the time in which we live or a beilief system we may follow but a "divine requirement". Thank you for reinforcing this point. I'm finding these Daily Lifts so often meet the need of the moment. Thank you so much to the DL team.

  2. Our moral compass in Christian Science always points the way towards freedom. Freedom from the mortal beliefs of sin, sickness, and limitations of every kind. As we take the high road of elevated thought we can experience this freedom and dominion in our daily lives. Truth, Live, and Love are our guideposts on our path to freedom. Thank you Kari for a most helpful Lift.

  3. Thank you, Kari.

    Putting our love for God first and our neighbor above all else. Wow. Imagine if people just did that what our world would be like to the human sense.

    To be fearless of disease would destroy disease. Being fearless and foolish are not the same thing in this case.

    Also, liked the nice music leading into you Daily Lift.

    Lots of love to all you lifters out there. Always enjoy reading your comments.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Chicago, IL

  4. Thank you for this valuable and helpful Lift!

  5. Many thanks Kari for this great healing truth. Yes, "Both holiness and health is Love's demand and we cannot have one without the other." "For this Thy gift unspeakable,/ The beauty of Love's holiness,/ We lift our hearts in grateful song/ And would be always praising Thee." (Christian Science Hymnal #45).

  6. Dear Kari,

    thank you for your reminder that I AM perfect! Together with your quote from Mary Baker Eddy, which I immediately liberally translated as "I don't DO sin and I don't DO disease", your lift chased away the first signs of a cold I just noticed (plenty of people close to me suggesting it is the done thing at the moment) - thank you very much. I'll say 'no' to temptation today (including signs of sickness) by saying 'yes' to God today, the one 'altogether lovely', who has only thoughts of peace toward me, not of evil, to give me an expected end (from Jeremiah 29:11).
    Have a wonderful, Love-filled, perfect day today everybody!

  7. Thanks Kari for this is what I needed today to chart the way ahead I.e. the moral compass --- Love for God and neighbor. DL team keep up the good work, Excellent.

  8. Thank you Kari!
    Learning the lessons in life that lead us to keep ourselves "Unspotted from the world," (Manual, Mrs Eddy) is key in the growth of Christian character!

    Love the couple chords in this week's music that starts to head in the direction that's heard in the intro to Stairway To Heaven!

    Love to the DL Community!!

  9. Wikipedia, the internet encyclopedia, defines ‘compass” as “a navigational instrument that shows directions in a frame of reference that is stationary relative to the surface of the earth.”

    Then the point of reference of a “moral” compass has to be God, good.

    The moral demand of Christ Jesus was, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matt. 5:48

    Having Christ’s moral demand as our own compass we need not fear that we could lose our way to heaven, but we can rest assure that heaven is already within us. Luke 17:21

    Wikipedia, la enciclopedia del internet, define “brújula” como un instrumento que muestra orientación en un punto de referencia estacionario relativo a la superficie de la tierra.

    Entonces, el punto de referencia de la brújula “moral” debe de ser Dios, el bien.

    La demanda moral de Cristo Jesús fue, “ Sed, pues, vosotros perfectos, como vuestro Padre que está en los cielos es perfecto.” Mateo 5:48

    Al tener una demanda moral como nuestra brújula no necesitamos temer perder nuestro camino hacia el cielo, sino que podemos descansar teniendo la certeza de que el cielo ya está dentro nuestro. Lucas 17:21

  10. Yes, we ALL need this Moral compass as we go forward on our Spiritual journey with its many temptations along the way. Minnie M.H. Ayer's Hymn "I walk with LOVE along the way" (139) in the Christian Science Hymnal brings the idea out so beautifully that with God at our side we can never be lost or alone. Thank you to Kari and the Daily lift team and to ALL the faithful lifters!

  11. Thank you Kari. I was thinking that being students of Christian Science is just that! We are always learning new lessons. We never graduate, we must continue studying and applying what we learn. Today´s DL has been of great help. The moral demand from Christ Jesus to be perfect even as our Father which is in heaven is perfect.. includes freedom from both sin and sickness. Yes, we are free to chart our lives ahead with this moral compass: Love for God and our neighbor (and that includes those who apparently hurt us). We are free to choose what kind of Life we are going to live, the Truth we are going to be witness of and the Love we are going to cherish. Special thanks to all the DL team and the commenters that bring new insights each day.

  12. Wonderful ideas this morning Kari. There is a difference between True North and Magnetic North and the mariner must understand and compensate for them on his journeys. It is not enough to rely on a compass and map without understanding the law of navigation. A good map will instruct the traveler on any local area variations so they may compensate for deceptive readings or needed deviations necessary to stay on course. The law of God, Love is that map!

    While the map and compass may go hand-in-hand, I love the statement that "holiness and health" are God's demands. Certainly this is our spiritual compass which keeps us on the straight and narrow path. St. Paul writes, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Rom 8:2). God's law is invariable.

    Isn't it interesting that a material concept of love can be of false attraction resulting in bondage to matter where a spiritual understanding Love for one's fellow man and woman is obedience to the law and results in freedom.

    So it's a good idea to calibrate our compass frequently to assure we are not getting a false reading. The right attraction will keep us off the material shores and shoals and prevent us from floundering on the rocks of human sense. God's love is the Divine Love which “always has met and always will meet every human need.” (494: 10) and keeps us pointed to True Spiritual North. The star of Bethlehem will always be our North star beckoning us home.

  13. Dear Kari
    thank you so much for your inspiring Daily Lift.

    Our beloved Leader Mary Baker Eddie once said to a group of people," that the next greatest thing she discovered after Science and Health was the Christian Science Manual."
    When one would follow it every day, surely we would all be living a moral and blessed day.

    All have a wonderful spiritual adventure.

    Love in Christ


  14. Thank you.

  15. Thank you for this wonderful Lift that willl carry us through the weekend. May all Lifters have days of good.

  16. Thank you for this clear and insightful message. What a great forum for sharing and leaning. Thank you Daily Lift team, lecturers and our world wide family for these nuggets of Truth.

  17. Thank you, Kari, for this wonderful Lift, and for all the great comments, especially #12, Michael's. I love his explanation of True North!
    My deep gratitude for these Daily Lifts--they are always so helpful in "setting the course" for the day.

  18. Kari, thanks for a great "Lift".

  19. Thank you! I LOVED IT!

  20. Great lift and great comments as well; have a good weekend, everyone

  21. Dear Kari,

    What a beautiful and powerful insight into the freedom that morality brings instead of the belief that it is somehow restrictive to good. Gratitude and love, Kit

  22. Thanks you. You are right on.

  23. Thanks so much, Kari. A moral compass of freedom and direction and dominion is just what I need to work through a very frustrating and troubling problem.

  24. Sin duda la brújula de la libertad, la salud y la paz, viene de la mano de la moral, sin moral dificilmente haya entendimiento genuino y haya capacidad de amar verdaderamente. Entiendo que la sanación verdadera viene a traves de sanar la condición moral. Nuestro Maestro fue claro en ese sentido, Él sanó y dijo: "Ve y en adelante no peques más" y en otros casos fue su bondad en corregir injusticias que se dan justamente por la falta de moral, intolerancia e hipocrecía con la mujer adúltera, acaso, adultera sola la mujer, indiferencia por la situación en que quedaba la viuda por leyes injustas. Donde hay injusticia hay falta de moral, donde aflora el ego humano se oscurece también, sólo en la comprensión de que hay un Único Dios y siguiendo sus preceptos encontramos la moral que se requiere para seguir a Cristo, entiendo que sino, somos como pendulos que oscilan entre dos extremos, que jamás se tocan, pero dividen.
    Mary Baker Eddy nos dice: "Lo que amamos determina lo que somos" También dijo: "Que el pecador sano, es el pecador pervertido" Si amamos la moral, amamos los preceptos divinos, y eso nos capacitará para seguir y mantenernos en su senda.

    Muchas gracias Kari, muy inspirado, entiendo que la tarea queda renga si nos limitamos sólo a destacar las bondades divinas que son infinitas, y somos omisos en resaltar el camino que conduce a ellas.

  25. And Kari, we are not the only ones aware we are aligned with God. Mrs Eddy also says, "Northward, its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation;. . . :southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, - the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union;" God has gifted all nations with health and morality, living in obedience to the divine Law of Love regardless of the clamour of the carnal mind.
    Thanks for a wonderful week, Nate and the production team; the lecturers and the Daily Lifters.

  26. Such a wonderful and powerful lift, Kari. You've given us several thoughts we can take with us through our day and feel safely guided -- that holiness and health go hand in hand and that moral compass leads to greater freedom. Michael #11, your metaphors of continually adjusting our compasses to the True North and avoiding false readings that would lead us to the shoals and rocks of human sense were such great ways to bolster the theme of this lift. Thanks so much to all and to the BOL for these lifts that help us unfold our spiritual understanding every day.

  27. "Love for God and for our fellow man above all else"..... a commitment worth striving for.
    Thank you Kari.

  28. Thank you Kari for pointing out the simplicity of the Christ. The Ten Commandments are an easy set of rules to obey and bring us release from the bondage of sin. Think of what the entire world could be if each person here loved those rules!

  29. Amen and Amen! It cannot be said too often. Honesty, purity, affection. God's law of Love is in effect and blesses abundantly all who are faithful and obedient. The history runs from Genesis to Revelation right up to today. Thanks to Kari and all.

  30. Thanks, Kari! I've been considering and using page 102 of Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy. I'm now thinking of it as the "anti-astrology" page. It states:
    "There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind.
    "The planets have no more power over man than over his Maker, since God boverns the universe: but man, reflecting God's power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts."

    Thanks, Michael, Elena, and all Lifters for your wonderful thoughts.

  31. What a helpful lift and good comments. I have listened twice. Many thanks.

  32. So very beautifully said. Thank you.

  33. How Beautiful...Thank You.

  34. Thank you, Kari, for “Compass of freedom … obedience to the divine law, the law of God/Good … demands putting our love for God and our neighbor above all else … requires honesty with God and others … moral living is a divine requirement, which brings out what we all have … ‘the glorious liberty of the children of God.’”

    Wow! Before reading your Lift, I was prayerfully considering a situation that needs healing. It became clear to me that confusion about one’s God-defined identity is at the core of “every ill that flesh is heir to.” As I continued to pray, I was reminded that God does not put me, my loved ones – anyone! – to confusion.

    “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion” (Ps 71:1).

    And then your Lift! Of course!!! Our loving Father-Mother God has given each of us a “compass of freedom” for this earth journey! Love is the compass. “Love is the liberator” (My 268:23).

    “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee … For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Tim 1:6,7).

    “… ye have been called unto liberty … ” (Gal 5:13).

    “Only be thou strong and very courageous …” (Josh 1:7).

    Thanks again, Kari, for putting me “in remembrance.”

  35. I l love your words "both holiness and health are God's demand ... and that moral living is a divine requirement". It is such an obvious and true statement but so valuable and necessary to hear this truth again and again. Therefore I love the Daily Lifts, quick little reminders to live life pleasing to God. Thank you Kari for your precious contribution.

  36. Thank you, Kari! It takes Courage and Strength these days to stand up for our Morality, based on the divine Principle, Love! Hearing about fires in our Beautiful Nat'l Park, Yosemite, I looked up the spiritual definition of Fire in Science and Health: Fear; remorse; lust; hatred; destruction; affliction purifying and elevating man. p. 586. Morality is true Freedom. C.S. Hymn #136 says it so well: "I love Thy way of freedom, Lord, To serve Thee is my choice,..." Gratitude and Much Love to All for a God-Guided Weekend!

  37. Thank you Kari. Muito obrigada Kari por esse inspirado Lift.

  38. Thank you, Kari, for your perfect, and very clear message.

  39. Thank you, Kari. There just is no middle ground, is there? What a lovely, peace-giving message.

  40. Thank you Kari for this useful and inspiring lift and thanks to all for sharing. Your comments are always so helpful. I'm reminded of a line from a hymn, "I love Thy way of freedom Lord, to serve Thee is my choice" Hymn 136.

  41. Thank you .A perfect reminder of the impotance of holiness to health.Thank you also to all who comment....and all who produce "the Lift" that is blessing the world.

  42. Thank you for this divine message!

  43. Thank you Kari for a beautiful and thought-provoking lift. Putting God first, everything else will be harmonious.
    Thanks to the DL team and all the Lifters for a wonderful and healing week.

  44. It is not enough to practice morality because it is the thing to do. That won't protect from temptation. More, much more is needed. It is a innate conviction that the practice of morality is more important than anything else. An example of the story of Joseph when he faced temptation from his master's wife who tried to persuade him to lie with her. It was more to him than the human right or wrong of sleeping with another man's wife. It was the suggestion to do something that God would never do, to belittle his oneness with God, as if God would belittle himself to his own creation by making Joseph prone to material suggestion, thereby taking away his true birthright.

  45. Wonderful lift and wonderful comments this morning

  46. Thank-you, Kari for a very helpful and clearly explained Lift! Thanks to all Lifters & the DL team! Michael #12, your comments were very thought-provoking --- much appreciated!

  47. Thank you Kari for pointing out the moral compass. The needle of a compass always responds to the magnetic pull of the north pole. So our moral compass always responds to the loving thoughts of the divine Mind where we enjoy the blessings of the "glorious liberty of the children of God".
    Mary Baker Eddy also writes:
    "Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers." (S&H pg. 15)
    I must give praise to Antoinette Tuff, who this week was on the news. She gives credit to the example of Jesus, and to God for giving her the affection for an insane gunman that enabled her to overcome her fears to talk the gunman into laying down his weapons and giving up his purpose to kill lawmen, schoolchildren and himself.
    What a good example of a strong moral compass, recognized by many secularists, that brought freedom and safety to herself, the gunman, and many others.

  48. Thank you Kari for this "Orienteering" course to keep us using our moral, spiritual compass-- it's God inevitably attracting us in the right direction!
    I also thank#9, #12 and #30 for further insights on using "map and compass"
    It's no enough to own a compass, but need to realize how to align myself with
    the directions needed. But important to know that the needle will always point toward the direction (North) and then the Bible and Science and Health shows how to make the corrections to go True North.

  49. So grateful for the outpouring of good thoughts, Kari and commenters!
    Love and blessings to everyone every moment!! Enjoy!

  50. This is a perfect Lift for today. Thank you so much.

  51. The Hymn HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Lord God almighty brought a question from a sunday school student. What does Holy mean? I remembered the explanation I got as a youngster. "It means, "absolutely Good " and good is another name for God. thanks for all the wonderful comments.

  52. Thanks for your truthful insite,on our moral spiritual compass on our road to more spiritual understanding,,,always great to hear your lovely voice too...thanks soo much

  53. Thank you for the compass setting which took me back to a previous Life comment by Kalani. That fit right into what I was about at the moment, contacting a friend in a nursing facility on his birthday. Using my land line and waiting for a connection to his room, my cell phone rang. It was a visitor to his room letting him use her cell to call me. Wow, how God provides! I listen to the Lifts every morning first thing and so frequently find them spot on.

  54. Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Thank you for this pure, clean, sacred and, most importantly, graceful daily lift!

  56. A Compass is a device used by both Air line Pilots and those running a ship to guide them in the right direction. Well we can say also that C/S is also a device, a spiritual device in guiding us in understanding God's laws of morality to lead us spiritually to make correct decisions in blessing man. It leads us toward happiness and well being, that we don't have to worry about supply, or friendship, or harmony in our family, etc. Understanding God is our true Compass to Freedom.

  57. What a timely message and powerful to keep in thought.

  58. Lovely lift and comments! Divine Principle governs everything that exists - it just does.

  59. Perfect!! Thank you Kari

  60. I rejoice with you, Kari that Christian Science strengthens and purifies our moral fiber. As an experimental child of the '60's Christian Science brought me to my senses and the purification process has never stopped. I cannot be too grateful.

    For example, after five years of looking to dead leaves (marijuana and tobacco) to inspire and comfort me, these poor substitutes for a God-centered life fell into oblivion without even a moment of withdrawal or yearning for "the good old days." Looking to the living waters of our loving Parent, who is ever near, brought the needed correction and satisfaction.

  61. A most truly beautiful, strong and clarifying lift today. Thank you so much!!!

  62. YES! Obedience to GOD,s LOVE and LAW always does guide us to moral thoughts and actions

    We can never do wrong when we put GOD first.

  63. Thanks Kari. Good thoughts. Sometimes it seems like people have a broken moral compass. But it's there. We just need to use it. As country singer Trish Yearwood sings:
    And when you come to the crossroads
    And you're deciding in the dark
    You've gotta listen to the whisper in your heart.

    "The Whisper of Your Heart"
    by Trisha Yearwood
    Composed by Chuck Cannon

  64. Thank You

  65. Thank you for giving this healing talk. Our Leader gives, " Pope was right in saying, 'An honest man's the noblest work of God;' and Ingersoll's repartee has its moral: 'An honest God's the noblest work of man.' "
    (Retrospection and Introspection" by Mary Baker Eddy, page 77.)

  66. Thank you so much Kari for your clarity on this important point: 'Both HOLINESS (wholeness) and HEALTH are God's DEMAND' for us. We should be continually "as fearless on the question of disease" as we are (as the sons and daughters of God, "joint heirs with Christ") that we could not and NEVER would commit a murder. Your 'lift' has been so affirming to me today - and simply 'perfect' for a current challenge
    being faced. Thank you again for re-MINDing us all of our 'moral compass' to seek out and find that purest PEACE and LIBERTY of LOVE.

  67. I love your words so pwerful and healing.

  68. Dear Kari:

    Thank you for your clarity, and powerful presentation!

  69. Thank you

  70. Holiness and health beautifully linked together. Thank you for this lovely and helpful message.

  71. How great to be reminded of our rights!

  72. "The moral man has no fear that he will commit a murder, and he should be as fearless on the question of disease." (Mary Baker Eddy)

    What a profound statement! We are holy because God is holy; we are healthy (whole), because He is healthy. "We are hid with Christ forever" (CS Hymnal 370) in health, holiness and wholeness. Thank you, Father Mother.

  73. Thanks Kari for a very clear and encouraging lift. As a sailor I can well appreciate the idea of God's
    compass showing us the right way and to be always under His protection.

  74. Great to hear this daily lift, Kari ! It is so true that our moral compass must be set on God and His high standard. We can find new ways of loving our neighbour and know that both we everyone around us is capable of and desires to make the right choices. The One Mind is governing all and is always there to guide us.