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The Economics of Living Love

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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From the May 16, 2011 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

It was a hot May afternoon, and I was sitting in my last college class of my senior year at the University of California at Davis. Our professor had walked us through all the permutations of urban economics. I’d finished the examinations, written my last blue book, and was, like my fellow students, expecting a fairly low-key final lecture. And indeed it started off that way.

Then our professor surprised us.

He said he’d talked with us all quarter about the impact of economics on people, about how it can form and move them, about how the concept of the “invisible hand” of self-interest can work. But now, in this last lecture, he wanted to talk with us about something more radical. It wasn’t the economics of self-interest. It was the “economics of love.”

And he then proceeded to unveil a vision of an economy based on selfless interest, based on giving and sharing, based on mutual love and concern for one’s fellow beings. This was not your typical textbook lecture. It also was quite different from the “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” concept of Marxism.

It seemed to me the professor was talking about something different. Something spiritually centered and based on the Golden Rule.

Some students snickered. Many of us squirmed a little in our seats. But the professor persisted. And he made me think about economics in a completely new way. For me, it was the best lecture of the year. Now I don’t know what that professor’s spiritual convictions were, or if he ever realized how much of an impact he made that May afternoon so long ago. But I won’t forget it.

The professor made me think about economics
in a completely new way. For me,
it was the best lecture of the year.

As I look back now, it brings to mind two different Bible stories. First is the story from First Chronicles that tells how people gave joyfully and willingly to fund the building of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. King David said, “Who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee” (29:14).

The fundamental recognition that all the good we have has its source in God moves us forward. When we give of that goodness, we are really sharing what God has blessed us with. God gives us of His goodness without measure. As Psalm 23 says, “My cup runneth over.” All the good we ever see, experience, or embody is God’s to begin with. God gives it to us, expresses it through us, so that we, as His children, can share it with each other. This is basic to understanding the economics of Love. And it is illustrated beautifully in the next story.

A man who was well versed with the law approached Jesus and quizzed him on what it meant to “love your neighbor as yourself.” So Jesus told him a story about a traveler who fell victim to violence. Jesus told of two “righteous” people who could have helped, but instead chose not to. Then a Samaritan—someone considered an outcast, “unrighteous,” at the time—came along. And he actually “got his hands dirty,” and went down to where the traveler was, patched him up, and helped him to a safe place, where he paid for the traveler’s care. The Samaritan helped him well beyond just what was necessary. You could say he went the extra mile (see Luke 10:25–37).

Jesus then asked the legal expert which of the passersby seemed to him to be the true neighbor to the traveler.“ ‘The man who gave him practical sympathy,’ he replied. ‘Then you go and give the same,’ returned Jesus” (Luke 10:37, J. B. Phillips).

Jesus was making a vital point about the economics of Love: God gives us all the love we have ever known, felt, or expressed. Just as King David acknowledged all the rich goodness he and his people were happily giving belonged to God, we can rejoice that when we give love by sharing it with others, we are reflecting the Love that is God. It’s not personally ours.

The Bible says, “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). And Jesus said: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself” (Luke 10:27). These are the two greatest commandments, and they should encompass everything we say or do.

Mary Baker Eddy follows up on this thought by saying this: “Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us” (Science and Health, p. 79).

I knew this all was true theoretically, but, as it so often is, I had to learn the reality of it the hard way.

At one point, I had spent years living and working in a care facility for the developmentally disabled. While it was rewarding in lots of ways, it was also both physically and emotionally very demanding. So much so that I’d finally had enough, and I resigned. This effectively left me both jobless and without a home.

Fortunately, a friend let me share his place and chip in for rent while I got things sorted out. And as a construction foreman, he also helped me get odd jobs here and there. That was a real gift.

And so while I did the odd construction clean-up job, I also applied for job after job and sent out my résumé everywhere I could find something even remotely relevant in the want ads. I didn’t get one single response. Not one. It wasn’t all that long before I burned through my hard-won savings.

I actually got to the point where I was living off the vegetables in the garden I’d planted (thankfully!). But it just kept getting worse. I still had a roof over my head, thanks to my friend, but I could tell I was wearing out my welcome—especially since he was about to get married. I’d have to go somewhere else. But where?

One particular day I was really feeling desperate. The construction work had dried up, so I didn’t have any quick prospects of generating income. There I was, a college-educated guy, sitting there at the kitchen table with a third notice to pay my phone bill. My portion of the rent was due, and all I had was $6—a five and four quarters. I felt like such a loser.

In tears, I reached out to God. I really reached out. I didn’t know what else to do. I just prayed: “Father, please show me, please, please, just show me what to do.” And then the oddest thought came to me: “Give gratitude.” Huh?

But yes, no matter what else was going on, I could always give God gratitude. I was always free to be grateful. I could always count my blessings, count the ways God loves me, and give God gratitude for all that I already did have.

And so right there at that kitchen table, I started by giving gratitude for the phone company. What a blessing their service is! I thought. How wonderful it is to be able to call anyone anywhere in the world because of all the hard work all the phone company people do to make it happen. How easy they make it to just pick up a phone and call next door or across the country or even to other countries. And all because of their silent unseen hard work that’s blessing me and everyone else who has a phone.

And then it flashed on me that the phone bill was not something evil or harsh—it was a symbol of all that care and hard work and, yes, even love that many people had poured into their jobs every day. In fact, the phone company’s “bill” was actually an opportunity for me to thank them. And to thank them in a very tangible way by sending them their well-earned payment. I was bound and determined right then and there to pay them—monetarily as well as with heartfelt gratitude.

In fact, I realized I could be grateful for every single bill that ever showed up because those bills would give me a chance to be grateful and express that gratitude tangibly by paying companies for all that they do. It’s an opportunity to share love tangibly for all those services I was enjoying. It’s an opportunity to participate in the economy of Love.

Right then, there was a knock at the door. It was our landlord. And he wondered if he could hire me to paint his house. Well, yes, of course, I said; I’d be glad to paint his house!

And that was the beginning of the turnaround for me. I still had challenges, and it took me almost another nine months before I landed a full-time job. But I have never again suffered from poverty.

This experience taught me that God will answer our prayers no matter what our difficult circumstances. The Bible says: “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (I John 4:16). And Science and Health states,“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (p. 494).

There is an “economy of Love.” Divine Love meets your human needs, not by changing something inherent about you but by awakening you to share love, live love, and give it as naturally as God does.

We can always turn to God, divine Love, to discover the Love that is the source of our very being. Yes, God actually is Love. And we are made in His image and likeness. We are made to reflect His love, to naturally give it back as well as to pay it forward. Every day He opens ways for us to live His love out loud.

That kind of sharing has nothing to do with a bank account. But it does have everything to do with living love in your heart with sincere gratitude.

Nursing the World

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The cheer resulting from knowing all is well
Punctuality, meeting each thought with good news to tell
Order – realizing God has all in its right place
Patient, because God’s love is expressed in grace
Full of faith – receptive to Truth and Love
We feel God’s gentle presence from above

Dancing to each call
Knowing that God is All
Hearts uplifted from loving each other
Feeling the oneness we have with our brother
Joy in seeing only God’s perfect creation
We cannot help but witness His manifestation

What a privilege to behold the perfect man
And in this knowledge to take a stand
Then watching the unfolding of reality
Beholding first hand man’s innate purity

This is our duty to all mankind
Seeing this way, there’s only goodness to find
Let’s nurse each other as Love loves its own
And realize then, we are never alone
Now let us put all selfishness away
And go out with love, to nurse the world today!

Beautiful Saviour

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Deep from His Spirit,
Pure from His Soul,
Our beautiful Saviour
Is making us whole.

He loves us completely.
He cures us of shame.
We’re His reflection.
He knows us by name.

Oh beautiful Saviour
So pure and so bright!
You make us Your likeness
We live as Your Light.

Freed and forgiven
You’ve paid all our debts
You’ve cured us of sorrow
Healed fear and regret.

Oh beautiful Saviour
We live through Your Life
We’re safe in Your Love
We’re free from all strife.

So stir us to action!
And teach us to heal.
Your Light must be lived!
Your Love be revealed!

Oh beautiful Saviour
Adorable One
You’re everpresent
You’re Kingdom is come.

We love and we thank You!
We stand in Your might.
Made whole in Your likeness
We shine as Your Light!

– Mark

Sing a new song!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Why are you walking down that same old road?
Why are you carrying that heavy load?
See, see, see the Light of God!

Yes see, see, see the Light of God.
Drop your burden and see like Him
Pick up your peace and see like Him
Yes see like Him,
Yes pick up your peace and see like Him.

What do you do when your life is hard?
When you feel your life is torn and marred?
Be, be, be the Light of God!

Yes be, be, be the Light of God.
Drop your sadness and be like Him
Pick up your joy and be like Him
Yes be like Him
Yes pick up your joy and be like Him

What do you do when you’re out of control?
What do you do just to feel your soul?
Feel, feel, feel the Light of God!

Yes feel, feel, feel the Light of God!
Drop your failures and feel His wholeness
Pick up your power and feel His wholeness
Yes feel His wholeness
Yes pick up your power and feel His wholeness.

Yes, see like Him
And see His peace.

Yes, be like Him
And be His joy.

Yes, feel like Him
And feel His power.

And every day will dawn brand new
His peace and joy and power are you.

– by Mark

Block the Heart of God

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

And the spirit of God said to medical theory and prophecy, no!!!


No I didn’t make you.

No, my life, vigor, peace cannot be disturbed by your hypnotic storm that I am at a vulnerable age, at any age.’

And the spirit of God says to eternal health: Yes!


‘Yes, I am much greater than mesmerism, pantheism or activity in matter, for I am all Life.

Yes, I am at peace and I KNOW IT, and all My creation knows Me.

Yes, because I love to be Me and all that I have made is good and this is what My creation knows of Me.

Yes, because My heart has never been anything but the expression of My all-powerful, My only presence, Love.


And upon this rock I will build this church

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Why a rock????

Tuff Stuff.

Very Determined.

Beyond Determined



Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Begin Here.

Not there in the mirey clay of “where you came from”
Not there in the cloudy doubt of “where you are going”

but Here
Here on solid ground.

Begin Now.

Let go of that ancient millstone history;
Let go of that phoney lodestone future.

Begin Now
Now is solid ground.

“This is the way, walk ye in it”
says the voice of God.

“That was the way, too bad you missed it”
says the Liar.

“Now is the day of salvation”
says the voice of God.

“Someday, if you get lucky, maybe you’ll be happy”
says the Liar.

The Liar is future tense anxiety past tense anguish
God speaks present tense “I love you”

But how do you know you are here?
Be still, and feel:

  is where Love loves you

  is where Truth speaks your name

  is where Spirit sings you a lullaby.

Right here is where you always are

How do you find now?
Be still, and listen:

  is when Mind accepts you

  is when Soul sings YES to you

  is when Life’s arms hold you

Right now is when you always be

And being, suddenly you find your feet
on the holy ground of Principle.

And you know:
  This — right now! — is the best time of your life.
  This — right here! — is the best place to be.

  There is no lie to fight
  Only thought to change

  So accept God is with you *here*
  Rejoice God loves you *now*

  Right where you are.

So take off those stiff shoes
and toss those cursed fig leaves
of cheated past and incurable future.

And, having nothing between
you and your Father-Mother God.

Look up!
Up there!

There’s a Rainbow smiling over your head

Look down!
Right there!

There’s solid Rock under your feet

And look around!
All around!

You actually already are God’s perfect child!

 — Here
and Now.

 – Mark

No Poisonous Thoughts

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to go camping with some friends in the mountains. I love the outdoors and was really looking forward to the trip. We also planned on doing a little hiking. Shortly after we had arrived I remembered that the last time I had come up to these parts I had to battle the belief of poison oak. Of course I prayed about the last experience and it did not spread as it has in the past, and did disappear eventually. This time however, I felt that I should handle this fear before we went out hiking. I prayed about it and started to glimpse the idea that nothing in God’s creation could be poisonous, not could any one God made to reflect him be subject to anything poisonous. As I prayed the thought came to me, “Can God get poison oak?” Of course not! Than neither could I.

I held to this and worked with an idea from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, which reads, “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.” Science and Health pg. 495

The next morning we had a very inspired lesson study of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, (the textbook on Christian Science healing), and I felt full of love, joy, and peace. As we headed out on the hike I reaffirmed the truth about God and our protection from harm under His government. The trail started out very narrow at the beginning and there were plants that resembled the poison oak I had been working to protect myself from. As we prompted along I continued to pray, not just for myself, but for our whole group to be protected by God’s loving care. We had a wonderful hike.

A few days after we returned home, I noticed the signs of this disease manifest itself on my hand. It started to itch and as I was at work I unconsciously began to scratch at it. As soon as I realized what was going on I stopped and prayed. I knew that this was not a part of the everlasting harmony of Soul, God, and that it could not affect me in any way. I was tempted to look at it often and see if it was spreading but each time I did, I clung “steadfastly to God and His idea” [my perfect selfhood in his likeness]. By the next day all irritation was gone. The rash the had begun had disappeared, and I was left with the grateful assurance that “… with God, all things are possible.” Mat. 19:26

Good Dog

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

During the weekend, our dog was becoming very aggressive with another dog we were camping with. My husband and I knew this wasn’t the way that God had created him, because He has created everything good, like it says in the Bible. I began to really affirm this in my thought, and I knew that God’s law supported this affirmation, because it is the truth. I reminded our dog that he was loving and kind and that he really did love that other dog because God made him to love. He then became friendly with that dog, and the aggressive behavior stopped. I’m grateful for the little ways that God shows us He really did make everything good, and that we can prove this in practical everyday ways 🙂

What I love

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

What I love isn’t a person
Not a body, personality
It is the perfect reflection, expression of You
What else can I do
But see You

The mortal seems so real
But it is just a counterfeit
Man is made in your own image
Perfect and spiritual
So all I can see and love is only You

Laura Wright
Encinitas, CA