Realizing your full potential

What factors help us achieve success in life? Some say having a good education, being from a wealthy family, or knowing the "right" people will do it. Others say we must learn the rules and climb the ladder in the field we choose. Christian Science teaches that we reach our potential in life not by conforming to the world's measure of achieving the top but by understanding and demonstrating our sonship with God. When we rest our ability on our spiritual sonship, we have a basis for genuine success.

As a child of God, man reflects his heavenly Parent. In the Bible we read that God is divine Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love, and that He is perfect and good. He could include no lack of supply, wisdom, or ability. In talking of God to people gathered at Mars' Hill in Athens, St. Paul said, "In him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring" (Acts 17:28). We express God's very being! Therefore we actually embody the spiritual qualities of Life, Truth, and Love.

A key to proving this is to put our sights on the spiritual. Mary Baker Eddy writes, "... how fleeting is that which men call great; and how permanent that which God calls good" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 110). It is as we put the spiritual first that the permanent good, which is of God, will appear in our lives.

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Rewards from an honest look within
October 24, 1994

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