Don't take your life—give it

I once considered taking my own life. Thanks to Christian Science, I found good reasons not to.

I was nineteen and a college sophomore suffering all the misery so many people associate with being a teen-ager. Though I had been raised in the Christian Science Sunday School and exposed to the truth that man's identity is the reflection of a perfect God, I felt worthless and wanted to commit suicide. Why?

I was caught up in evaluating my success as an individual by human instead of spiritual standards. By all the usual measurements of success I was a failure. My academics were slipping drastically, my athletics were a disaster, and it seemed I'd bombed socially. Still worse, I felt all this was because I just was not good enough for God to love.

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A question of oneness
August 13, 1979

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