Growing up in the 90s

Does everybody like you?

Have you ever felt unpopular, or that people like someone else much better than they like you? I know how it can be because I've felt that way sometimes.

I remember a couple of years in school when I knew that I was considered the second most unpopular girl in the class! It bothered me very much. But over the years, as I studied Christian Science, I began to notice what Mrs. Eddy writes on the subject of popularity. This sentence about Christ Jesus from her book Science and Health interested me: "The 'man of sorrows' was in no peril from salary or popularity." Popularity— a peril? Why?

One answer that came to me was that it could make you self-satisfied. Popularity could keep you from growing, from putting off a limited, mortal sense of yourself for the true, spiritual sense of man as made in God's image and likeness. And I definitely wanted to be growing spiritually. Then I came across this statement of Mrs. Eddy's in her Miscellaneous Writings: "Popularity,—what is it? A mere mendicant that boasts and begs, and God denies charity." I looked up the word mendicant in the dictionary and discovered it means "a beggar."

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February 8, 1993

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