The measure of true fame: esteem of the Christ

Everyone at some time or another has dreamed of success and of the respect, praise, and admiration it would bring. No matter how badly we may appear to fail, how discouraged we become, or how meaningless our individual lives sometimes seem, something deep within us assures us that we are indeed special—important—and that our time will come.

This is not mere imagination. All have the privilege of learning and proving the true nature of this specialness within each and every one of us. It is the Christ—the divine image and likeness, present right here and now, revealing itself to human consciousness and redeeming it. As we begin, through prayer based on the truths of Christian Science, to catch glimpses of this spiritual ideal, we become increasingly aware of our own true character, ordered purpose, intrinsic worth, and God-given abilities— no matter how vigorously or cruelly the world and self-doubt would oppose and deny us.

As individual expressions of God, good, you and I are, in spiritual fact, the very evidence of His vast, ongoing activity. This is what Christian Science teaches about man. Acknowledging, learning about, and appreciating our individuality within this spiritual context are what put us on the right track to genuine greatness. In this light how absurd it is to think we need ever compete with another, or fear, discredit, or belittle any job God would have us perform. And how unthinkable that our God-ordained work could be usurped or unproductive. God loves and needs each of His ideas, and expresses them successfully.

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Doing more through Christ, Truth
March 17, 1986

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