Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do You Feel Important? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do You Feel Important? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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You know that throughout the world there are people who hold important offices, both in politics and in business. And maybe you think it must be wonderful to be in a high-level role, soaking up all the glamour and prestige. But have you ever stopped to think how unimportant those positions would be without you?

Just as a machine needs all its parts to function, and even a cog or a washer is essential to its performance, so the operation of politics and business needs us. Presidents and members of parliaments need our support to get elected, and then to govern. Everyone's vote counts. And what would happen to any city, town, village, family, without the actions of its occupants? Each one of us is an integral part of the community and the family.

In fact, you're an essential part of life itself - vital to the existence of love and truth! How could there be life if there was nothing living, or love if no one loved, or truth if no one was honest?

Couldn't you say, then, that you are essential to God? Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, answered the question this way: "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: 'For in Him we live, and move, and have our being' " ("Message to The Mother Church for 1902," pg. 12). God needs each one of us to express Him. What is it that tries to take away our self-esteem? That puts blinkers on our eyes, lest we see beyond our plodding, personal view of things to all that is really happening around us, and to us, in the universe God has created?

Throughout the centuries there have always been people who had wonderful glimpses of what was beyond their immediate knowledge of things. From them have come inventions that revolutionized daily living and opened up the land and sky. But these people have also depended on the involvement of other people besides themselves to develop and utilize the opportunities their visions offered. In overcoming sometimes incredible obstacles, they have made the "dominion" they achieved possible to you and me.

For example, when you or I fly, we utilize the dominion over the forces of gravity that the Wright brothers originally achieved. …

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