See potential in every child

Conventional thought, especially within academia, can pigeonhole people. It says some people are bright, some not so much. Some people are talented, some not really. Some people are intellectual or artistic superstars, but some are slow learners or learning-disabled. When I was a public school teacher, I found that we were encouraged to give instruction taking into account these individual differences, but not so much encouraged to see each and every student as having unlimited potential.

The spiritual reality, however, is that everyone does have unlimited ability, which God expresses in us all. In the Bible, in the first chapter of Genesis, we learn that God made us in His image and likeness. As His spiritual image and likeness, we reflect our creator. Each of us has the ability to express in uniquely beautiful and individual ways all the good God is. 

We learn from the Bible, which includes Christ Jesus’ powerful example, about God as infinite Love, the Love that gives us everything we need. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, further explained God’s nature and demonstrated the laws of God that Jesus practiced in healing the sick. She taught, as stated in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, that God is not only all-powerful Love, but is also infinite Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, and Truth (see p. 587). If this is the nature of God, then we, as God’s image and likeness, reflect this unlimited nature, including God’s infinite spiritual qualities.

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July 2, 2018

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