A Visitor, observing a cadet parade, was heard to remark emphatically, "What precision and coordination!" The parade was the result of constant striving, on the part of each individual participating in it, for perfection of movement and execution. Daily, each was drilled in the necessary operations, until he became an efficient part of the whole. The commanding officers were also skilled in the performance of their duties. They too had been schooled in the way they should walk, command, and act. If any single one of either the officers or the men had failed in the slightest respect to observe all that was required of him, the parade as a spectacle would have been a failure, because each one was of equal importance in the exhibition of the excellence of the group.

Sometimes we are overcome by a mood of depression when we see an associate whom we may have considered inferior, obtain a position superior to our own; or we may feel that we are not making so much progress as we should in certain directions. We may discount our talents or positions, or think of ourselves as being inefficient, or at least not so skillful as someone else. Christ Jesus was confronted with a similar situation in his little band of disciples, soon after his transfiguration. His students, wishing to ascertain which one of them would be the greatest, were desirous of gaining some material position and prominence for themselves. The Master showed them that he who most serves others is greatest, not necessarily the one who attains the widest distinction or fame. To show the need for humility he referred to a child, saying, "Whosover shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me." This indicates that in the spiritual realm all have equal worth.

He who manifested "the Christ, the Son of the living God," was competent to judge in the above instance. His life illustrates how available are the immeasurable resources of the supreme creator of man and the universe. From a material standpoint Jesus had no resources, yet he healed the sick, fed the multitudes, walked on the waters, stilled the tumults, raised the dead, and finally proved in his own experience that death is false. Each act was a demonstration of some aspect of the infinite intelligence which governs all. Since God, divine Mind, is the source and sum of all real being, it is possible for each of us to avail ourselves of that ever flowing fountain of ideas in the same manner that Jesus did, because the real man is the perfect image of God. Many times the doubts and circumstances of daily living obscure our spiritual perception, thus causing us to lose sight of the sublime fact that God created man in His own image, complete and perfect in every respect. It is necessary for us to strive constantly to conform to this standard; to fix our gaze on spiritual reality; and to direct our desires and thoughts toward attaining that perfection which we know belongs to God's creation.

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Oneness with God
October 6, 1928

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