Perfection is not an impossible standard!

In the delightful Walt Disney movie Mary Poppins, Mary, a pert English nanny, pulls an unusual measuring tape from her carpetbag and with the aid of the children measures herself from head to toe. Standing very erect she confidently reads from the tape "MARY POPPINS—PRACTICALLY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!" The theater where I first saw the movie was filled with laughter at her measurement, and some in the audience snickered at such an idea.

Perhaps the thoughts of anyone being "practically perfect" seemed an impossibility. And it is—if we mean a perfect mortal. Yet as we begin to learn something of the spiritual nature of man, we see that perfection is the only possible standard of measurement for what God creates.

Christian Science brings this fresh view to mankind and points out that in reality man does exist at the standpoint of perfection as the exact image of his creator, God. As one understands and lives from the basis of man's flawless spiritual status, a change in human thinking and character begins to take place. And with this regeneration, one's whole experience is uplifted. There is healing. As demanding as it may seem, it is important that the newcomer to this Science consciously identify himself with spiritual perfection.

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April 14, 1986

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