Not of the world

What if you were asked to select from the columns below the terms you think might best describe yourself? middle-class poor thin overweight glamorous unattractive hyperactive inactive convalescent sick fortunate unlucky happy-go-lucky bad-tempered

To choose any of the above is to accept the world's erroneous view of you. These descriptions present as faithful an image of you as does a wavy carnival mirror! These characteristics don't represent you as you really are—God's image. Nevertheless, whatever you believe to be true of yourself will more or less govern your experience until that belief shifts, or until thought conforms to the Godlike original, the Christly pattern of man. So it's basic wisdom to reject any distorted, worldly picture, and to hold in thought the true image of man. This is requisite for continual spiritual progress. Each of us is in reality God's man now.

A lesson from the timberline trees
January 19, 1981

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