The expression, "Be yourself," is often humorously used when someone makes a statement or does something which is not natural for that individual to do. In the light of Christian Science this is a challenging admonition and, if heeded, brings rich blessings. Throughout our experience we can say to ourselves, "Be yourself," knowing that actually as God's children we can never be anything else than our perfect selves, manifesting health, joy, poise, and dominion.

Have you ever watched and appreciated the kindly host or hostess who has made all the guests feel at home, who has been unruffled and serene, and who has been gentle and good-humored to all? Surely you have! We all love to be around those who express poise, patience, and consideration. Friendship must include these qualities if it is to bear witness to God's man. Everyone is at ease when they are manifested. The human sense of personality fades in the light of that individual spiritual consciousness which gives our Father the whole credit and reflects true qualities. Thus, as we understand our real individuality, which reflects the divine nature, we find it easy to be our true selves.

Everyone loves the parable of the prodigal son in the Bible. It will be remembered that after the younger son had spent his inheritance in wasteful living, when he came to himself he said (Luke 15:17, 18): "How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee." It is very evident that the young man had had a healing, and he lost no time in returning to his father. What a welcome he received! It could not have been otherwise, because his father had always given him the best of everything and had always rejoiced with him and for him.

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