What is your ideal?

God said, Let us make man in our image
Genesis 1:27

While running recently, I was hit with a knee pain that, in previous months, has both made it very hard for me to run, and made me afraid that something might really be wrong and I should stop running completely.

This time though, I decided I would not let my thought rest on the future. Instead, I would just be quiet, keep running, and listen for the evidence of good.

I heard: “You are a success because God made you a success. Your body is not the arbiter of your success. You do not fail OR succeed because of your body. God is real, God is here, and God made you a success.”

My body does not determine my success. The presence and supremacy of supreme good – God – is my only judge and maker. While I could feel myself start to worry about this – isn’t that a little too radical? Don’t I need to listen to my body to be sure I am doing alright? – I also knew, in a deeper part of my being, that I just needed to stay so present with these holy truths coming to me from God.

I spent the rest of my run with that silent refrain echoing in my thought: God is real and God is my creator; my body does not determine my success. The remainder of the day was spent without pain (a first for me, after having experienced those pains before) and since then, my runs have grown stronger and stronger.

I have found such freedom in my life through having singleness of thought and clarity of ideal. I am so grateful for this newfound opportunity to have one gauge of success. I love the discipline of staying consciously present, and this is made possible by having one aim, or ideal, to look towards.

What has helped you find focus, clarity, and healing? What is the ideal, or model, you look toward, to define and illuminate success in any area of your life?


We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives.

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 248:26-29

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