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Several years ago I was passed over for a promotion. I thought I was much better qualified than the candidate selected. At first, I appreciated hearing that others were surprised that I didn't get the job, and I accepted their assurances that I got a bad deal. It didn't take long, however, to realize that such thinking was feeding many unlovely traits—pride, self-will, resentment, anger, frustration.

It took some time to quiet this army of self-righteous thoughts, but when I did, I was able to pray. A line from the Lord's Prayer came to thought: "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). I felt this was a good place to begin, allowing God's will to control my thinking. Interpreting the spiritual meaning of this line, Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health, "Enable us to know,—as in heaven, so on earth,—God is omnipotent, supreme" (p. 17). I saw that, since my loving Father was in supreme control of my life, I could never be separated from Him or from His will for me.

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