We’ve all felt separated and disconnected from society in some way or another. Many of us also feel a need to be connected to others and recognized by society. These feelings may come from a deep desire to connect and to feel wanted by as well as important to others. Being part of something bigger than ourselves, having a desire to have a positive impact on the world, and taking inspired actions for good, these are heartfelt desires.
Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.
— Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.1
Prayerful desire leads to inspired actions
I’ve learned that taking a desire like this and spiritualizing it — seeing it as an impetus for good whose only origin is from God — helps uplift these desires and allow God to guide rather than will-power. Taking this step helps me listen for God’s, divine Love’s direction, so that a good desire doesn’t get led astray by fearful thinking or anything that would lead toward negative actions.
A powerful Biblical example of inspired actions is found in I Kings chapter 19 when Elisha was working to protect Israel from false prophets. Soon his life was threatened! This fear, as well plausibly feeling personally responsible for Israel, he felt his only option was to run away and die.
A tender, yet powerful, wake-up call
Instead God woke him up, tenderly, by helping him overcome fear. God provided food and also showed Elisha that power alone belongs to the infinite source of good, God. God then brought home to Elisha the power of God through examples of earthquake, wind, and fire — yet demonstrating that God’s power was gentle as a “still small voice” not a destructive power, nor does God’s will ever lead toward death like human-will can. This example of the “still small voice” lifted Elisha out of his cloud of fear and will-power. This led Elisha to other inspired, healing actions including raising two dead boys to life.
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
—I Kings 19:11-12
Our desire to do good, take inspired actions, and have a good impact on the world can’t be taken out of God’s hand, not even for a second. We are God’s perfect design and we are God’s love in action. We can’t for a second do anything contrary to God’s love! The more we realize this (and make it real by practicing it), we can’t but help know and see that our good actions are felt by others.
God’s action only blesses
This blessing activity is God-led and it also helps define God’s nature that man reflects — the Christ. This natural state of being — our Christ-like selves — only becomes more apparent in our thinking and our lives as we put the Christianity that Jesus lived and taught into practice. And the more we seek this meek and humble goodness, the more we can expect to feel blessed by it, too.
Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.192