Accepting God's love

Toward the end of a Christian Science lecture I attended a few months ago, the lecturer asked the audience something along these lines: “Are you willing to admit to yourself that you are God’s own likeness?” To me, the question I heard was, “Do you have the humility to accept what Christ, God’s message of love, is always telling you, or are you stubbornly refusing to accept what you know deep down is true?”

What I’m realizing more and more is that to accept the teachings of Christian Science, you must begin with humility. I have always known in my heart that God is good and that the man He created is perfect. However, for so long I refused to accept this for myself, justifying it with a track record of wrongs that I had trouble letting go of. I reasoned that yes, man is perfect, but somehow I was excluded from this perfection because I clearly had done things that a perfect man wouldn’t do. I mean c’mon, I could prove it!  

Several months ago, during my senior year at Principia College, I was chosen as one of four Baccalaureate speakers to address the senior class at our Baccalaureate ceremony during graduation weekend. I had spoken publicly many times before at school, and so the prospect of giving a speech to a large group of people wasn’t very scary. 

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