Finding True Love

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AS a teenager I felt very unloved. There seemed to be many reasons for this. I was told-often-that I wasn't pretty enough, or thin enough, to get a boyfriend. Well, I was desperate to change things. I followed the advice of television advertisements and magazine articles on how to be popular. I bought and used the soaps, creams, shampoos, and toothpastes that were supposed to result in instant popularity. I dieted, I worked out-I even considered plastic surgery, though I never went through with it. None of my efforts had any long-term effect. The harder I worked on myself, the more problems I found. It seemed as if no amount of money would fix what was wrong. What a relief it was to find out that there was a better way-an effective way-to find the love I craved. The first thing I needed to do was to find out what love is. Many people feel that love is abstract-so abstract that they do not know what it is or what it should be. We tend to think that love is just a good feeling that one human being brings to another. That would mean that to have love you first have to find someone to love you. I felt as if I'd done everything and still failed to find that "someone." I didn't want to keep waiting-and filling the time with fantasies and chocolates-so I began to pray. I found out that I was already loved-by God! I didn't have to search for an elusive "someone" to love me; God's love was already pouring out on me. But it's more than that. God doesn't just love us; He is Love, divine Love. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, points out in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-tures: "Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, com-bine as one,-and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love" (p. 275). Since God is good and only good, His love brings freedom, joy, companionship, trust, honesty, purity, harmony, integrity. …