Developing hidden talents

Have you ever noticed how love often accompanies the free expression of talent? A talented cook just loves to cook. A talented landscapist loves beautiful landscapes and loves to paint them. Love of an activity helps one lose the self-consciousness that produces constraining fear.

But if self-consciousness and its fear are not destroyed, they can block one's ability to discern and develop his skills. In such a case the basic need is to find one's true selfhood as the child of God.

One learns to reject the limited, personal sense of self and of creativity through the study of Christian Science. He looks away from negative verdicts about himself to the man revealed in these statements of Christ Jesus': "I can of mine own self do nothing: ... I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me," John 5:30; and "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." v. 19;

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No fear, no anger
June 2, 1980

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