The Higher the Ideal, the Greater Are the Opportunities
Each and every soul must come to the consciousness of being a service in the activities of that it, the soul, worships in the infinite sphere or spiritual force. 262-50
Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, is the highest ideal. By holding to any lesser ideal for thought and action we build a fence around ourselves; we confine ourselves to conventionalities; we block the gate to service.
We must be free-free to think our own thoughts, free to live our own lives-and this freedom must be born of an attunement with an unlimited idea. "Know the truth and the truth shall make you free." What is Truth?
Remember, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." "Without me ye can do nothing." Without Christ, we could not of ourselves even recognize our opportunities, so filled would we be with self and selfish interests.
Let the meditations of the heart, let those activities of the body, bespeak that thou wouldst offer in self as an opportunity or channel for another to seek, to know, thy God. 262-50
Faith Helps Us Grasp Opportunity
An opportunity to demonstrate spiritual truth may come our way. Our so-called better judgment, from the material standpoint, may suggest that it is wiser to step aside and let it pass; for if there is to be a failure, it would be better for another to have the experience rather than have it ourselves. There is lack of faith in such reasoning. Faith is the inner spiritual knowledge of the Creative Forces of the Universe. It cannot be recognized by others who do not have the same inner guidance. They may call it poor judgment.
With faith we can move mountains of doubt, prove that thoughts are things and that words have power. Physical, mental, and spiritual demonstrations take place when no way seems open.
Using what we have in hand, doing with all our might what our hands find to do, let us seize each opportunity. It is ours to act, to plan, to work; it is for Him, the author of faith, to give the increase. We may profess to have faith; but it is our actions that show how much we believe. As we study, as we meditate, as we seek to use each opportunity, our faith in Christ, in the Father, in our neighbor, in ourselves, will grow. He has promised that help, strength, and understanding sufficient for all our needs will be supplied.
There will come tests-in the physical, the mental, the spiritual life. At these times we should rely on His promise, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Are we to be carried about by every wind of doctrine? Shall we fear as those who have no hope? In the trials and tests through which the world is passing, where are we found? Are we stepping out on faith, knowing that His presence is with us? Are we giving hope, faith, and comfort to those who have not had our opportunities? Do we not feel that we are called at this time to let our light shine in the dark places of doubt and fear? Is our faith firm in what has been promised, and are we passing it on to others? If not, we are weaklings who are drifting, and falling short of the calling whereunto we have been called. "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." "For the day of the Lord is at hand."