"How can Deity be satisfied with me?" exclaimed a student who had just read on page 519 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy the statement, "Deity was satisfied with His work." He added, "I certainly am not satisfied with myself." Order, sufficiency, cooperation, satisfying use of his talents, and other elements of progress appeared lacking in his experience and contributed to his sense of dissatisfaction.

Earnest study of the paragraph from which the above quotation was taken and study of the Scriptural verse which the paragraph explains proved helpful to this student in gaining a true sense of satisfaction. The Scriptural verse referred to reads (Gen. 1:31), "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." The explanatory paragraph, which includes the sentence by Mrs. Eddy just quoted, is as follows: "The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas. Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?"

God is satisfied with perfection and nothing less, since infinite Mind has no element of imperfection and no room for dissatisfaction. As His reflection, man is also satisfied. To demonstrate man's inherent satisfaction we need to understand God, to acknowledge His fatherhood and motherhood, to know Him as Life, Love, Spirit, Soul, and to realize man's relationship to Him.

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April 25, 1953

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