Message of Faith – Your Real Work

This weeks Message of Faith submitted by Rev. Joanne Rowden

Your Real Work

This past Monday we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. One of his most famous quotes is, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Jesus taught us that we are the light of the world. Your light, my light, our combined light can drive out the darkness. Do you know you are the light of the world?
You may have an intellectual understanding that you are the light of the world. You may experience being the light at times throughout your day. It is likely that like me, you are not consciously shining your light 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

job-description-WEBWhat is your real work when you are facing a health challenge that has sapped you of your strength? What is your real work when a relationship is ending that you thought would be in your life for years to come? What is your real work when you’re living paycheck to paycheck and a bill is due with no funds to pay it? What is your real work when your child is making choices that you know will not serve them? What is your real work when your aging parents need support and care and are counting on you? What is your real work when you read of yet another mass shooting? What is your real work when you are confused about the right decision to make? What is your real work?

Your real work is to continue to align yourself in a conscious awareness of God’s Power and Presence within you so that your light will shine always. Your real work is to take a breath and remember the Truth, God and I are One. All that I need to meet this moment in grace is available within me. Your real work is to be still and know God in this moment. Your real work is to change your mind about whatever is occurring and bring your attention back to the Divine Ideas available in Divine Mind. Your real work is to consciously choose to remember who you are as the light of the world and then demonstrate that light!

Many of us grew up praying to a God out there asking, begging, and beseeching for the outer circumstances of our lives to change. You may have believed God would only answer your prayer if you were found worthy. You may have thought you could change God’s mind about what was unfolding in your life. In Unity, we know that prayer is not about changing God’s mind. Prayer is to change my mind. Prayer brings us from a place of error thought to a place of Truth within. You exchange the error of lack and limitation for the knowing that God, the Source of all good supplies every Divine Idea to move through this moment. You exchange the error thought of dis-ease for the knowing that the Intelligence and Life of God courses through me right here and now. You exchange the error thought of unforgiveness for understanding and compassion. In prayer, you do your real work, the work of aligning with the Power of God within.

In this digital age, Unity has provided a wonderful tool to use in doing this real work. There is an app available called UPray. This app will allow you to submit a prayer request to Silent Unity. There are affirmations available for guidance, healing, peace, harmony, and prosperity. There is a short meditation to support you in calming your mind and centering in Truth. All of these will support your real work.

This week, consider the role of prayer in your life. If prayer is not for God, but for you, how does that transform your understanding of prayer? In what area of your life do you forget about God’s presence? How can you bring yourself into alignment with an awareness of God’s presence in those areas through prayer? How can you find ways to pray continuously? Can you find ways to inwardly bless those with whom you interact? Can you find ways to pray for those circumstances and situations that are unfolding in the news? How can you more fully integrate prayer into every aspect of your life?

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Rev. Joanne Rowden
Rev. Joanne Rowden

Rev. Joanne Rowden is the senior minister at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, OH. She served as the minister at Unity in Edinboro for 13 years before taking on this new position on November 1, 2014. She lives in Hinckley, OH with her husband.




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