The Star of Joy

star of joyWe are now midway through January 2014 and only 64 days until Spring.  That sends my joy-o-meter up. This past Sunday my talk was on joy and the invitation to all is to make sure you keep your joy-o-meter up to the optimum level. I used the analogy of the temperature gauge on your car dashboard needs to be at a certain temperature for the car to run efficiently. The same is true for our joy-o-meter. It needs to be functioning at optimum in order for us to be having a happy, productive life.

The star was used as the symbol for Joy. It is a beautiful symbol of Christmas.  It majestically dominates the Bethlehem landscape and because of the joy the wise men experienced as the star guided them to the manger of the Christ child.

“When they saw the star, the wise men rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” -Matthew 2:10

The star of joy has five points:

Point #1 – Conceive

“The virgin shall conceive and bear a Son … and shall call Him Immanuel  – God with us.” -Isaiah 7:14

Unity Principle #1 – God is absolute good, everywhere present. Webster’s dictionary describes the word “conceive” ‘as to cause to begin .. to imagine, image.’ Great joy comes when you begin to conceive that with God all things are possible.  With God’s help you can now conceive, imagine, and visualize the Christ awakening in your mind and heart and filling you with JOY.

Point #2 -Receive

“Behold, the star shone over where the young Child was, and when the wisemen saw the Holy Child, they fell down and worshiped Him.” -Matthew 2:9, 10

Unity Principle #2 – Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.

Jesus the Christ came into the world to teach us a life of joy. Have you received his teachings?  Have you received the love of the Christ in your heart and mind?

Point #3 – Believe

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy in believing.” -Romans 15:13

Unity Principle #3 – Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.

Believe that God promises to act on your faith when you believe. When faith is weak, joy fades.

Point #4 – Relieve

“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”  John 12:46

Unity Principle #4 – Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity, and everything good.

Joy comes when you relieve your mind from all negative thoughts. Fear, hate, doubt, suspicion, hostility, unbelief-all of these are negative forces that rob you of joy. Faith does not harmonize with any of these negative emotions, so you must relieve your mind of them.

Point #5 -ACT-chieve

This thing I have spoken to you, that your joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” – John 15:11

Unity Principle #5 – Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.

ACT! Be like a sprinkler head and let the water of joy flow through you.

What are your dreams? What would you like to achieve? What could you do that would bring you great joy? Do it! Dare to be a dreamer and then dare to ACT!

Write down one of your dreams, that when accomplished would bring you joy:

Now write down the first step you must take to ACT-chieve your dream. Now, do it with God’s help.

It takes all five. Live by them and the joy of the Lord will fill you to overflowing.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

A Clean White Slate

Happy New Year! 2014 arrived with a blast of cold air the likes we haven’t seen in a very long time. I trust you were able to get through it with little or no difficulty.

In spite of the cold we had a wonderful turnout for our Burning Bowl service and the White Stone Ceremony as well.

white stoneThe talk on Sunday was titled “A Clean Slate,” and that is how I view moving into a new year. We have a clean slate. You have 365 new days to begin a new YOU! Someone penned a poem that says clearly what it is to have a clean slate:

And now I have my New Year book to fill;

No Word yet penned in it,

nor any blot upon the white sheets,

the pages still uncut, though dated day by day.

Just what they will record,

God only can foretell —

What will you record in your New Year’s book?

Do you plan to make any changes?

  • Weight Watchers
  • Memberships at gyms
  • Volunteerism

 

The American educator Horace Mann described the predicament of habits saying: Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.”

Mr. Mann, you are only half right. Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, but it can be broken? We can be liberated from whatever it is we want to leave behind.

You have a Power within that can lift you out of any habit that is stopping you from being all that you came here to be, and free you to go out into the world and be the demonstration of God’s love and life. It can throw open the prison door and liberate the captive. This Power can do for you that which is probably the most important thing of all in your present stage: it can find your true place in life, and put you into it.

This Power is really no less than the primal Power of Being, and to discover this Power is the divine birthright of all humankind. Our elder brother and Wayshower Jesus the Christ told of this power and where to find it:

…the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).

…seek ye first the kingdom of God…and all these things shall be added…(Matthew 6:33)

Our foundational statement in Unity is “There is only One Presence and One Power in the Universe and in my life, God the Good Omnipotent.”

So as you go forward into this year breaking some of the habits that you no longer want to be associated with know that you have a Power greater than yourself working on your behalf. All you have to do is call on it. This Power is stronger than electricity, more potent than any explosives, and is unlimited and inexhaustible. Once you make the decision to turn your habit(s) over to the tireless One, the All-Powerful, the All-Wise, the All-Resourceful One you are now ready to begin a NEW!

Again from scripture Matthew 19:26: With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. I am paraphrasing now “with you alone breaking the habit is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat