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Learning from mistakes
When "blowing it" leads to blessings
Admittedly, it was a bad mistake. I shouldn't have lost my temper and yelled at my co-worker the way I did, even though his happy-go-lucky attitude had irritated me for months and often delayed the timely completion of our work. But no sooner had the last angry word passed my lips than I recognized my mistake. I felt terrible about what I had done. I tried to make amends with a feeble apology, but inside, the anger was still there.
Only when pain immobilized my arm did I begin to recognize that I had much more to learn. It occurred to me that the pain in my arm and the anger I felt were related. I had allowed impatience, condemnation, irritability, self-righteousness, and guilt to govern my thinking and actions. Now thoroughly motivated to find a solution, I set about to correct what had caused the problem in the first place.
I knew that mere human goodness (as admirable as that quality may be) wouldn't be enough. Deeply effective spiritual healing isn't the result of human willpower. Genuine, redemptive healing, as taught by Christ Jesus and practiced in the Science of Christianity, includes a fundamental change in consciousness from a material sense of things to the spiritual law governing existence. It's through this spiritual perspective that we truly learn from our mistakes.
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To Our Readers
with contributions from Carolyn Gill, Ward R. Quincey
items of interest
with contributions from Luis D. Leon, Michael Meehan
Depression is not natural
By Colleen Douglass
SEVERE DEPRESSION HEALED
Vicki A. Turpen
Can I get to the church on time?
By Robert C. Lewis
Learning from mistakes
By Clifford Kapps Eriksen
Intelligence gaps? God can help
By Alma Chico Green
Building on a stable foundation
By Judith H. Hedrick
Every puppy has its place
By Sarah A. BRITTON
Malignant tumor dissolved
Prayer heals severe knee pain
Hope B. Quartey-Papafio
Child's injured arm and wrist quickly healed
Kenzie J. Jones
God—our constant companion
By Robert A. Johnson
Brothers, sisters, and strangers
William E. Moody