Do we need human approval in order to do our best? Do we shrink abashed in the face of human disapproval? If so, we need to realize that neither state of consciousness is to be found in God, the divine Mind. Christian Science teaches that the creator, immortal Love, who formed man in His own perfect likeness, cherishes man as His beloved expression, and man, constantly occupied in reflecting Him, seeks nothing and needs nothing, for man is spiritually complete.

Since the man whom God created is incapable of imperfect action, he is not subject to critical thinking. But in the human realm we must seek always to do and be that of which God would approve, until the human corresponds to the divine standard. We do this as we dwell "in the secret place of the most High" and "abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Ps. 91: 1). In this secret place of spiritual consciousness we can rejoice in the precious knowledge that we are approved of God.

When we are serving our highest understanding of God, divine Principle, we need not be disturbed if the human mind is displeased with us. But if disapproval is merited, we have the opportunity to cast error out of our consciousness and thus let the disapproval be a blessing to us.

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