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Moving past mistakes
It's natural for us to feel good about ourselves, to feel a sense of self-worth and value. Not an inflated ego or an exaggerated sense of some human talent. Actually, that's often a cover for some fear. But it's right to appreciate ourselves as reflections of God and expressions of His qualities.
The grand fact is that all the good God is, He manifests through each of His offspring. Rightly seen, each of us is one of those offspring. The place we occupy is a spiritual location for a divine idea, an active expression of all the good God is. Spiritually speaking, everybody's perfect, a divine idea. As the saying goes, "It doesn't get any better than that."
But sometimes it seems to get a lot worse than that. Humanly speaking, nobody's perfect. We all appear to make mistakes. They may be silly slips like blurting out an unkind comment. Or they could be more serious wrongs, like premeditated stealing or immorality. Sometimes they're single events; other times they can become chronic. And at times they are insidious lies imposed on us by popular beliefs such as that we don't measure up to some popular standard of beauty or talent.
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About the author
Tom Black is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher who lives in Boston.
with contributions from BRANDON KLENZENDORF, JERRY MCINTIRE, VICKI KNICKERBOCKER
IN GOOD COMPANY
JENNY NELLES, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from David Yonke, Nick Swedberg
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP?
BY SHIRLEY PAULSON
FOUNDATIONS FOR CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
BY MICHAEL R. DAVIS
Church in Action
BY ERIC OYAMA
What we have in common
To liberate Iran and its people
BY MARTA GREENWOOD
Moving past mistakes
BY TOM BLACK
TO KNOW GOD'S NAME AND NATURE
ALZHEIMER'S: TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE
LUMP AND PAIN HEALED
DIZZY SPELLS HEALED
HEALING OF BACK INJURY