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Sunday, October 21, 2001

                   Dr. Domenic A. Polifrone made the statement on the "Dial-A-Faith-Lift" telephone message for the Hollywood Church of Religious Science, that "we are going to cross out the word challenges and replace it with the word opportunities.  Opportunities to learn more about God and one another."  These words hit my consciousness like an earthquake and immediately I begin to think how often most of us use the word challenge or problem when all we are facing is an opportunity.  The powerful metaphysician, Dr. Domenic, is not only talking about turning from "challenge thinking" to "opportunity thinking" but he also turned immediately to Love, "to learn more about God and one another."  This moves us from just making a statement to taking the statement and acting on it with Love.  After all, all the lovely words in the world will not change anything unless we are inspired to action.

             In scripture we can read, "with all thy getting, get understanding."  This statement is often used by
Dr. O. C. Smith at the City of Angels Church of Religious Science
and is the foundation for finding peace in life.  What separates us from each other and from God, is a lack of love and understanding.  These two magnificent church leaders are giving their audiences the keys to peace; learn more about God and each other and get understanding.

Dr. Domenic
is right, we must erase the word "challenge" from our vocabulary.  This word is just another word that holds us earthbound and in the problem.  "We cannot solve a problem at the level of the problem."  Emerson wrote, "the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."  The same is true of words.  The word challenge is depressing and rife with limitation, while the word opportunity is filled with the stuff that the acorn contains.  When we use the word opportunity we are opening our mind to the infinite possibilities and transcending the problem.  As we recognize an "opportunity" we realize that everything is exactly the way it should be.  We can accept that what is happening is perfect right action and then we are not tempted to resist it, whether it be a situation, a person or a condition.  What we resist, persists.  We know this is the truth and resistance is just another way that fear deceives us into staying in the problem.

             Challenge thinking not only keeps us in the problem and creates a delay in healing or transcending the problem but most often this consciousness will find its way to finding blame, either blaming ourselves, blaming others or the world.  Once we give power to anything or anyone outside of ourselves, than we become powerless to create something else.  Now in truth, Henry Lee Bates (the human) can be challenged, but the "I" within me, the Divine Essence that I truly am, is never challenged, and always knows who It is and what It is about.  We are in Truth, Divine Humans.  As we feel fear or powerless in our human-ness we can rely on the Divinity within us to give us strength and inspiration to face the opportunity head-on, and master the situation, the condition or whatever it is that is blocking our very Good.
 And So It Is!             

Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates