It was once announced that the devil was going out of business and would offer his tools for sale to whoever would pay his price. … Apart from all the rest lay a harmless looking, wedge-shaped tool, much worn and priced higher than any of the others. Someone asked the devil what it was. “That’s discouragement,” was the reply. “Well, why do you have it priced so high?” “Because,” replied the devil, “it is more useful to me than any of the others. I can pry open and get inside a man’s consciousness with that when I couldn’t get near him with any of the others, and when once inside I can use it with nearly everybody, as very few people yet know that it belongs to me!” “You say you use this wedge of discouragement with nearly everybody – with whom can’t you use it?” The devil hesitated a long time and finally said in a low voice, “I can’t use it in getting into the consciousness of a grateful man.”
The Devil’s Auction
by William Rathvon, CSB
The strength that comes from gratitude
December 28, 2015 – Practice, Practice, Practice
By Robert R. Macusick, C.S.B.
… inspiration … comes from gratitude—from being grateful for God and His healing power. It was gratitude for God that opened my eyes to the fact that because God governed me, my strength came from Him. This God-derived strength is not just theoretical, but very real and practical. The understanding of God’s government brings freedom to the body, giving one greater spiritual conviction as well as physical energy and strength. Under the marginal heading “Renewed selfhood,” Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine ‘powers that be’ ” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 249).
We can be grateful for and draw strength from past healings and experiences that proved to us God’s love and spiritual power. I know some students of Christian Science who keep a list of healing experiences that bring repeated encouragement and rejoicing.
This gratitude brings vitality, energy, and strength because it includes spiritual understanding, a recognition of the power and presence of God’s goodness and man’s spiritual perfection. Thank goodness for gratitude!