The Choice Is Ours

Recently we remodeled our kitchen. Everything was to be fresh and new—new oak cupboards, new wall covering, natural woodwork—and there, spoiling the whole effect, was the old, white-painted woodwork surrounding the doorways!

To get rid of the layers of old paint took quantities of paint remover and plenty of scrubbing on each layer. But eventually we could see the clean, pure wood coming through, and the work was continued until all the old covering had been removed. Then was revealed the lovely natural wood, which matched the cupboards perfectly.

As I thought about this, I reasoned how similar is our discovery of the real man—our true being. Often there seems to be a hard outer surface which has developed through the years of believing we are corporeal beings subject to the many limitations of mortal thinking. We may have accepted as a matter of course the man with the layers of materiality as our real self. We have seen man as lacking in spiritual luster, covered with thoughts of lack—lack of good health, lack of ability, lack of intelligence, of good character, and so forth. Perhaps we aren't looking deep enough into Spirit to discover the perfect man of God's creating—the man who is and always has been perfect because he is as God created him. And God's work is eternally perfect and indestructible.

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November 15, 1975

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