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WHEN I was a teenager, life seemed so unfair. Nobody cared for me, I thought. Certainly not my birth parents. They had let other people adopt me, which to me showed that they didn't want me.

A dark cloud of depression followed me around, and I decided that the only way out was to commit suicide. I contemplated how to do this.

Then one day at Sunday School, something gave me hope. I realized that God loved me, and that God was my Father and Mother. God created the real being of each one of us in His own image and likeness. Seeing this was a big step forward for me. Then, to learn that God is Life and that Life is always here filled me with hope and energy.

I couldn't feel unloved or uncared for when I knew I was the reflection of God. The Giver of all good would make sure I had all I needed right where I was. I didn't have to go to another place to make life better.

What Jesus told his disciples applied to me and to everyone else: "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt. 10:7).

I began to feel that I really wasn't so bad off. Believing I had been treated unfairly was preventing me from seeing the good things about my life right then. For example, I had plenty to eat, a room of my own, a decent school, and adoptive parents who really did care for me (although I had refused to see this before). I had been looking for love. But what I was seeking was not out there somewhere. It was inside of me.

My thoughts of suicide vanished. Somehow, knowing that God was my Life, I could trust my happiness to God.

What I was seeking was not out there somewhere. It was inside of me.

"Death is not a stepping–stone to Life, immortality, and bliss," says Science and Health. Also, "God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life" (p. 203).

Learning to recognize the fact that good is always available to you is really worthwhile. I have been helped for many years by doing this. Some of the proofs to me that God does care for me have been falling in love, having a great marriage, establishing a family of my own, and working in several rewarding careers. With each day I learn to trust God more.

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