Don't feel rejected

When things go wrong, we don't have to go down. God destines man for activity, progress, and perpetual usefulness.

There are times when all of us have had occasion to feel rejected. We may have felt daunted by an undeserved (or perhaps deserved) rebuff or a dismissal from work or a strong rebuke from a friend or family member. This may have brought fears that we are unwanted, unloved, or of no further use. We may even have believed that our entire life purpose has been thwarted! What can we do to remove these disturbing feelings, which often seem like iron barriers to progress and happiness? How can we obtain our freedom—not looking back but going forward with confidence?

Well, if you have ever had to face such a situation, you know only too well how important it is to have something to hold on to. Many people have found release from despair through holding to an understanding of God as the one real power, governing all existence. They have found progress and happiness through understanding that God's impartial goodness is in control of every aspect of our experience.

Yes, there is a way out of trouble. But it starts within us, not by trying to change other people. This way is to at least begin to recognize that, actually, each of us is inseparably one with God, divine Love, as His expression, or spiritual image. The teachings of Christian Science explain that by basing our thought and action on this great fact, we can prove that in reality each of God's children is living already in His spiritual, perfect universe, where there is no rejection or denial of Love's inherent care. In truth, there is no termination of good—no disruption or obstruction of any rightful activity. When we begin to understand this, it can make a huge difference in the way we view our circumstances. And this more spiritual view also brings significant improvements in our lives.

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July 15, 1991

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