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Do you know people who live “ordinary” lives? Just what is “ordinary”? The dictionary describes ordinary as “of common quality, rank, or ability,” as in average, everyday, normal, garden-variety, usual, standard. Nothing terribly offensive about that. But what about its other definition: “deficient in quality: poor, inferior,” as in unexceptional, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, or uninteresting. Not so sure that’s a helpful way to think of ourselves, or anyone!

I’ve given a lot of thought and prayer to the concept of self-worth. And I keep coming back to this passage in Mary Baker Eddy’s Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896: 

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