The other day I spotted a narrow dirt path that ended on the sidewalk where I was walking. My eyes followed it diagonally across an empty lot to where it began—a bike shop. That made sense! I could picture riders buying bikes or accessories there, then riding across the lot on their way home. Clearly, the bike trail was there because the bike shop was there. They were connected; one existed because of the other.
It’s a simple example, but it reminded me of a phrase that I have thought about many times on page 276 of Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science…”
Correlate isn’t one of those words we hear every day. It basically means that two things are so connected that one of them implies the other. Unlike bike trails, which can exist without bike shops, man cannot exist without God. And unlike bike shops, which can easily be successful without nearby bike trails, God absolutely needs man to express His infinite nature and magnificence.
Since every individual and God are correlated, our connection with Him is permanent. The existence of man, creation, implies the existence of God, Creator. One would never exist without the other.
Here’s another way I like to look at this fact. Mind is one of the synonyms used in the study of Christian Science. (See Science and Health, p. 591.) Since God is Mind, He must have ideas. After all, a Mind without an idea couldn’t be considered Mind at all. Likewise, an idea, or thought, can’t exist by itself; it has to have Mind to bring it forth. Without idea, Mind would have no proof of existence. Without Mind, idea would have no source. It’s a necessary and unbreakable relation.
This powerful information will help you in your day-to-day life. It gives you authority to deny, and declare impossible, things in your life that are unlike God—Good itself.
As the expression of God, eternal Life, you are forever connected to health, vibrancy, and energy. As the expression of God, the one and only Soul, your identity can never be lost. The attributes of Soul--joy, humor, and creativity--will always be part of who you are. As the expression of God, unchanging Principle, security and freedom underlie everything in your life.
Each one of us is uniquely qualified to express Him in just the way He has designed. Even on your darkest day when you just can’t see what your purpose might be, divine Love knows you. You are priceless to Him. He can’t be fully expressed without you! And how long will the omnipotent creator of the universe and everything in it need you? For eternity! Yes, every moment for eternity you’ll be connected to Mind as His idea.
You are important, priceless, and indispensable. Realizing your correlation with God can change and enrich your life. It can help you ride off on your daily adventures with confidence--and purpose!
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Other thoughts on being at one with God:
1 Corinthians 8:6
How Jesus saw it:
Science and Health:
I hope these insights will inspire readers to think more spiritually about themselves and the world around them!