Birth order can’t limit us

Recently I visited a family with two young children. The older child was assertive, confident, and had the parents’ constant attention; the younger one was comparatively mellow and content to observe what was going on. There was joking about who would “rule the roost” in coming years and discussion of the benefits and setbacks of being a “first child” or a “second child.”

It got me thinking about a topic that I, too, had wrestled with when my children were young. Are our lives and experiences predetermined by the order in which we’re born? Isn’t our heritage about more than that?

If we identify as mortals living in a mortal world, then we are at the mercy of limiting material theories about what our experience may be like. But Christian Science offers a different understanding of our true identity, of what makes us who we are. It empowers us to reject that restrictive view of creation, and to identify ourselves as spiritual ideas created by God, the divine Mind. As such, the identity and potential of each of us is unique, unlimited, immortal, and sustained entirely by God, our divine Father-Mother.

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