Appreciation of one's true worth is available to everyone who recognizes his spiritual individuality as the reflection of God. This appreciation comes from God, divine Love. Christian Science teaches that man is God's spiritual image and likeness. As one gains the understanding of his real identity as the reflection of God, he no longer needs to look to other individuals for commendation, but is satisfied with the commendation of his heavenly Father.

All who long for recognition of their right endeavors have the comforting assurance which Peter gave in one of his epistles (II Pet. 1: 2, 3): "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." And then Peter explains that through the understanding of God we are given great promises which assure us that we are "partakers of the divine nature" and are not subject to mortal beliefs.

Since God, divine Love, has "given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness," our need is not for personal recognition of the good we express in human experience, but rather for the spiritual realization that all of God's ideas are "partakers of the divine nature." As one expresses his real individuality by reflecting God, letting the light of his spiritual understanding shine forth, Love's appreciation of its own ideas will be manifested in one's daily experience in countless ways.

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March 10, 1956

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