Chipping away to discover the real man

The sculptor Michelangelo said that when he looked at a block of marble he saw a form inside waiting to get out, and all he did was to chip away everything that was not a part of that form. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, "We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought." Science and Health, p. 248;

Each of us wants a better life. It's natural to want a life filled with peace, joy, health, and harmony. But what is the model toward which we should be looking? Is it not man created in the image of God, the perfect child of a perfect heavenly Father?

We need to chip away everything in our thought and life that is not a part of that man, not a part of God's reflection. Our present state of existence is a continuous process of ridding our thought of that which is unlike God in order to discover the real man. Daily we must chip away. We must remove the belief that we are mortals, subject to sin, suffering, and death. We have to carve away jealousy, hatred, self-righteousness, unkindness; cut off the desire to gossip or to judge others. As we chip away, we begin to see more clearly the perfect man of God's creating.

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