Life Is Good!

By Rev. Matthew E. Long
Life is Good!

With involvement in activities, teams, committees, work, family, and other endeavors, scheduling a vacation isn’t always easy. Last summer, however, I was able to take two weeks off for a trip to our family cabin on my favorite beach.

We hadn’t been there for a couple of years, and at first my mind focused on the things that were different. New or remodeled buildings, trees that had grown and needed trimming, the grass that was encroaching upon the gravel parking area all captured my attention. Before long I was able to shift my attention away from the changes—some negative, some positive—to focus on the essence of what I was there for: sun, sand and the sound of waves rolling onto the shore.

Life is good when we focus on what is real, eternal, unlimited. Yes, unemployment is still high, housing prices are low, the stock markets, commodities are unstable. Yet the Master Teacher gave us the tools for living the good life; to be in the world but not of it. The Gospel of John reminds us, “But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

The world is an expression of our belief in the reality of things external; a belief that we could be separate from our good, separate from God. Conquering the world, we shall know the Truth of our unity as we build a conscious awareness of the Holy Spirit—the whole Spirit of God—active within us. “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”

The apostle Paul was genuinely inspired when he wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Rom. 12:2). Jesus said it this way, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Mt. 4:17). Repent, from the Latin, literally means “to think again.”

When I realize God as the Source and my consciousness of God as my supply, all I need and desire is readily provided. The job, the investments, the economy is not the source of my good, God is! The doctors, the medicines, the environment is the not the source of my good, God is! My spouse, family and friends are not the source of my good, God is!

Through conscious contact with God in prayer and meditation, I link my mind with God Mind and draw forth Divine ideas for expressing health and wholeness, peace and harmony, prosperity, and abundance. 

Yes, life is good!

Rev. Matthew Long is a regular contributor to the “Spiritual Matters” column of the Clarkston News and has been published in Contact magazine. In the 1990s, Matthew presented his Life Renewal Ministry workshops, seminars, retreats, classes and lessons to more than 60 Unity and New Thought ministries. He is currently serving two churches, Peace Unity in Clarkston and Unity of Blue Water in Port Huron, Michigan. Rev. Long and his wife Kathy have two children, Eli and Isaac.