Teachable moments

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy wrote that children are “the spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love” (p. 582). I have a beautiful five-year-old girl who reminds me often of the simplest part of practicing Christian Science. From her, I’ve learned that many times children’s thoughts can be purer and more receptive to God than adult’s thoughts.

We teach our children so many things. We care for them, love them, teach them while they are babies and even after they’re grown. It’s hard to remember that children have so much to teach us. They are these perfect, pure beings that let love shine so generously. Many times, as adults, we hold ourselves back from letting this love show. We get wrapped up in fear, doubt, or anger, and it seems to dim or block the love that is constantly shining from us. Children are unencumbered by the negative mentality of mortal mind. They freely receive and accept good without question.

One day, I was parking the car in an open spot near a store when another car hurriedly swung into the space beside me. Before I could even open my door, the man driving the car got out of his car and proceeded to scream at me, accusing me of taking his space. After saying that I didn’t realize that this space was his, since he had been walking around the parking lot with his car idling instead of waiting for a space, he yelled a bit more, adding a few choice phrases. Then he went inside the store.

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