Leaving Heartprints

Notes and References 1/28/01
Be remembered by the ďheartprintsĒ you leave.

From 1 John we read this week: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

In reverse, it is also true that in order to have confidence in God we must be free of self-condemnation. And, it also follows that we must not condemn others. To do so is to believe a lie about yourself or others. The worst thing a friend can do to you is to lie to you. We all know how it feels to no longer trust someone. Another way of lying is to believe a lie about someone or yourself.

When you recognize and hold to the spiritual fact that you are the complete and perfect reflection of Love and Truth you are looking deeper than the surface impression of what the world thinks it sees.
Here is a great sentence for you:

Mis 277:23-24
No evidence before the material senses can close my eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme.

So if we donít look at the surface evidence then what do we look at? We must hold to qualities and keep them at the forefront of our thinking. The theme of our class is reaching out and grabbing a grand and noble life. Look where that thought comes from and what precedes it:

The sculptor turns from the marble to his model in order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought. What is the model before mortal mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you reproducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious sculptors and hideous forms. Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.
To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives.

Now back to our original thought about self-condemnation. Here is the whole exerpt from the lesson:

I John 3:17-21
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

Mrs. Eddy adds that this state of self condemnation impedes our ability to heal.

A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or a faltering and doubting trust in Truth are unsuitable conditions for healing the sick.

When you interact with your friends, your family members and even strangers and hold to the qualities that you recognize and love about them then you will touch their heart. A genuine attraction to them and them to you will result.

Mis 262:10
When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts.

Thinking, speaking and acting from the heart touches the hearts of others. It leaves heartprints, so to speak. Try it. See how many heartprints you leave with others. It is a simple lesson but one that you will not soon forget if you are successful. Remember, when there is no self-condemnation or condemnation of others (which there canít be if your thought is filled with the spiritual facts) then you go with confidence in God in all that you do. And, the heart of all will feel your touch. Itís recognizing the good in others, bringing the conversation to a higher level, being the only one in the group to see anotherís need and reach out them. The opportunities are around us every minute of every day. Go leave your heartprints!

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