Be, Not Get

In the last verse of the first chapter of Genesis we read that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." And on page 525 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, gives us this clear statement: "Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make,—hence its unreality."

To understand this fact and use it is to reduce to nothing all that is not "very good" in our daily experiences, for a sense of seeing things as anything but good is a false sense, which needs to be destroyed and replaced by the truth.

Man is God's expression; therefore our work is to prove our true selfhood in God's good creation by expressing goodness as far as we see it. It is not to struggle to get a vague or impossible something which seems far away, and which God may or may not send to heal and help us. Our work is to reflect divine Principle, not to reach out to others through a false dream of personality. It is to put into practice all that we learn, and not to rely on another's understanding. First and foremost we must live and express all that we have so far understood of the reality of being, and all the time strive earnestly to lean more.

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February 2, 1935

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