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FROM CONDEMNATION to joy
MY MOTHER, who I'm sure loved me very much, was a perfectionist and wanted me to be perfect. So, as I was growing up, I was made very aware of my shortcomings. I was frequently criticized and yelled at, and often compared to a relative whose life was not turning out very well. By the time I was a teenager, my self-esteem was at a pretty low level. And on top of that, I had acne.
At the private school I started attending in my sophomore year of high school I met some very friendly, outgoing girls. I wanted so much to be like them, but seemed stuck, continually feeling withdrawn and quiet.
An opportunity was presented to me about that time to take a job as a telephone switchboard operator on Saturday mornings at the campus administration building. I liked that idea, because I wouldn't have to be with other people. I decided to use the time to read through Prose Works, a collection of writings by Mary Baker Eddy that my Sunday School teacher had recommended. As I read, I began to be more conscious of who God is, and of my relationship with Him. I drank in everything I read, and responded to the many spiritual ideas that I realized were really about me, about who I really was. And it changed my entire view of myself and of life in general. I learned that God made me complete, satisfied. That I was His dear child—perfect. Perfect, not from a perfectionist, human standpoint, but as a spiritual idea, as God's likeness.
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Cali McClure is a Christian Science practitioner from Barringon, Illinois.
with contributions from BARBI JOHNS, ANTHONY WHITEHOUSE, WAYNE P. DAVIS, EARLENE ASHER
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WARREN BOLON, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Charles Honey, Sarah Schafer, Jonathan Ansfield
CRITICISM with a heart to heal
BY MARGARET ROGERS
ROUTING OUT the inner critic
BY TONY LOBL
FROM CONDEMNATION to joy
BY CALI MCCLURE
CRITIQUE from the sidelines
BY SANDRA SCOTT
AFTER KATRINA—the year of hope reclaimed
BY WARREN BOLON AND INGRID PESCHKE
SCIENCE AND HEALTH the KEY to FREEDOM
with contributions from EMILIO CASTROMÁN
with contributions from Eli Abbott, Laura Boisselle, Amanda Kamau
I TOOK MY STAND
JOSEPH M. BALEKA
IT BEGINS WITH US
A PRAYERFUL PERSPECTIVE ON OBESITY
ENDURING JOY REPLACES GRIEF
STING OF SCORPION FISH HEALED
EAR CONDITION HEALED THROUGH PERSISTENT PRAYER