Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Friends and Identity (Written Especially for Young People)

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Friends and Identity (Written Especially for Young People)

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I WANTED to be part of a group of friends because I didn't feel as if I amounted to much all by myself. I thought I might, if I chose my friends carefully, be thought of as intelligent, fun, and attractive. Somehow it never worked that way, though. And I found out why: because this kind of friendship never helped me to grow toward understanding God, good, any better. When I was in my teens, for example, my two best friends broke up while I was away on a trip. I came back to find that neither of them was talking to the other. Suddenly my group of friends had dissolved and I felt lost. Because I'd been attending the Christian Science Sunday School I knew that my real identity was established by God. And my teacher kept telling me that God was pleased with me. Although I couldn't always see how that could be true, I did understand that He had created me. One day, while reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, I came across a sentence that helped me understand what my teacher was talking about. It's where Mrs. Eddy says, "Deity was satisfied with His work" (p. 519). When I read this I began to glimpse that God really was satisfied with man, His image and likeness. And if God was satisfied with His creation, then I could be satisfied with it as well. Mrs. Eddy says in the next sentence, "How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?" A change gradually came over me and I wanted more than anything else to please God, to be His image and likeness. It was exciting to be learning that this is what I already am--that God's child is already perfect and complete. My identity is formed and governed by God. I didn't have to find worth by whom I hung around with. …
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