Overcoming limitations

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Recently I felt deeply touched and inspired by the movie, The King’s Speech. As a former special educator, I was especially moved by the loving and patient approach employed by Lionel Logue as he helped King George VI overcome a speech impediment.

Through my study and practice of Christian Science, I am learning and demonstrating that everyone has the God-given potential to succeed in the work assigned to them by God. Now as a Christian Science practitioner, I help individuals listen for the still, small voice within them. This voice, the voice of God, is an unerring “GPS” that tells people who they truly are and what they should be doing moment by moment. When helping others discern God’s voice, I listen to what individuals are telling me and then listen for God’s guidance myself. I pray to be led to pray effectively and to say what will help others to understand and feel their relationships to God. God gently and consistently leads us, but mortal mind badgers, bullies, and tries to push us into a zigzag course. Often I’ll assure a patient that he or she can find the courage and strength from God to unwaveringly follow God’s leadings.

A starting point for my work is, “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick” (Science and Health, pp. 476-477). I have learned that mortal perception may present a picture of limitation, but spiritual discernment sees beyond the material picture to the underlying spiritual reality.

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