Creative Living

It is not uncommon to hear an individual classify himself according to the qualities that are strongest in his human consciousness. One may think of himself as methodical but not very creative. Another may think of himself as artistic but perhaps not very systematic or consistent. One may be interested in the broad, general aspects of human life and another taken up with the details. While it is useful to develop inherent and individual talents, there is also the necessity to watch against the limitation of one's possibilities.

In Christian Science we learn that man in the image and likeness of God is the compound of all the qualities of God. There is nothing one-sided about the real man; he reflects the completeness of divine Principle. Part of Mary Baker Eddy's description of man given in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is "that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker." Science and Health, p. 475;

This inclusive sense of man must stir our thinking and open it up to a wider range of accomplishment. It is useful to explore the synonyms for God and to consider the wide variety of qualities that are consistent with these synonyms. The terms Love, Truth, Life, Spirit, Mind, Soul, Principle serve to bring out the complete nature of God and indicate how we must think of man as the compound of all the qualities of God. Certainly each one of us can develop a new and fresh aspect of his character and capacity.

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How Moral Are We?
January 21, 1967

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