Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

You Don't Have to Feel Unimportant

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

You Don't Have to Feel Unimportant

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ARE you feeling unimportant? Does it concern you that many of your friends have accomplished much, but you have yet to achieve the goals you had set for yourself? It's great to achieve our goals, but what happens if you suddenly realize, as I did not too long ago, that not only haven't your goals been met, but in all likelihood they never will be? Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in her book The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, "Ofttimes examine yourselves, and see if there be found anywhere a deterrent of Truth and Love, and `hold fast that which is good"' (pp. 128-129). This counsel was very helpful to me when I had to really examine myself and my goals! I had set many goals for myself, but upon retirement I had accomplished only about half of them. I could not understand why. I began to feel incomplete and unimportant. Melancholy overwhelmed me. I am a student of Christian Science, and I knew that healing is the natural result of spiritualization of thought. I prayed to understand why I had, as I thought then, failed so badly. I prayed for an understanding heart. I knew from my own many healings that Christian Science heals not only physical ailments but character traits as well. So it was natural for me to expect healing of these feelings of uselessness and discouragement. As my thought was transformed by the power of Christ, a new view of divine reality filled my consciousness. I began to examine my motives in setting those unaccomplished goals. I had been taught as a child, in the Christian Science Sunday School, to live by the Golden Rule. This meant to me I should think of others as much as I did myself. I now realized that the goals I had not achieved did not involve others as much as they involved me. In fact, I became quite embarrassingly aware that all were for self-aggrandizement. I became more humble and prayed to express more Truth and Love in my daily experiences. …
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