Last week, handicapped athletes from around the world began competing in the Paralympics in Atlanta, Georgia. They represent 127 countries and, by the time the meet ends on August 25, will have participated in seventeen sports. By overcoming limitations that in the past would have closed the door their participation, they are contributing both to the Olympic ideal and to the continuing recognition that we are much more than physical structure. Each of us is, in fact, the spiritual idea of God.

Individuality and competition

A Member of my family used to skate for the Ice Capades. And although I never saw her skate, somehow I grew up with a love for the sport. Its grace, beauty, originality, skill, and form appeal to me. Through the moves, flow, outline, I see individuality, which reminds me of true, infinite individuality.

What is infinite individuality and what makes it so appealing? Mary Baker Eddy answers this question in Science and Health when she writes, "The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things" (p. 281).

God is the source of man's individuality. And because God is illimitable, infinite, He must be expressed in many different ways. This is what makes each one of His children unique. It's what makes you different from me and me from you.

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No steel rims, just unencumbered being
August 19, 1996

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