THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS

It is the duty and blessed privilege of every Christian Science parent to gain the true concept of children as unfettered, unlimited ideas of God, ever in His loving care. Knowing them as ideas of God, in constant possession of the undeviating wisdom and guidance of divine Mind, will bring freedom from the insidious fears, limitations, and temptations that beset human parenthood.

How can we begin this purification of our consciousness? First, we must eliminate any thoughts of fear regarding our children, fear for their safety, their health, or their general well-being, by realizing that because God is everywhere present and all-powerful there is no place where a child can go that is outside God's presence. We can know that God's ideas are forever subject to Love's care, control, and unfailing direction. Worry, or anxiety, over a child's appetite, weight, or growth is a fearful and erroneous thought, to be cast out as an aggressive temptation of so-called mortal mind, which would have us believe our child to be a mortal, dependent upon and conditioned by matter. The belief that a child can be anything less than a perfect, complete idea of God hides man's inseparability from God's loving maintenance. For our guidance and demonstration Mary Baker Eddy gives us this statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 62): "The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts."

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