More and more I've found that the spiritual breakthroughs we have, whether it's a new insight into a familiar truth or a profound realization that reshapes our outlook, are what truly carry us forward in life. The willingness to do what it takes to make this happen—putting aside matter-centeredness and discovering more of our spiritual identity—has an enlivening and transforming effect. Above all, it keeps us connected with God—and aware of the nearness of His love.

One of these "growing" experiences that I value greatly occurred some years back. Throughout the world, many Christian Science churches have one message on the front wall: God is Love. Although a Christian Scientist since childhood, for a long time I took this truth for granted when I attended church. It was my belief, but I didn't understand how it applied to me.

Then one night, I began to really think about this statement. The fact is, I affirmed, that God, who is Life, Truth, and Love, is absolutely perfect. I'd tried to follow His teachings, but felt this was to a large extent beyond my power to achieve. How could I claim His love? With my mortal struggle to follow His direction, I didn't accept the fact that He loved me. I felt I had to earn this right. I thought I had to try to be perfect, as He expected, but that I fell short. I prayed for answers, but then more often than not followed my own will. Sometimes it was a rugged challenge to keep up with life—hampered as I was with the fear of being alone, financial worries, and other concerns.

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July 5, 2010

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