Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Our First Love Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Our First Love Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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In my early teens I was a fan of Princess Grace of Monaco. If I could have had one wish, it would have been to look like her. She was so beautiful and full of grace. I got my mother to make me a dress identical to one of hers, and I wore my hair in the same style as hers. I read everything I could find about her.

"Harmless enough," you might say; "typical teenage behavior." But in later years I read something in the book of First John in the Bible that steered me away from idol worship: "Little children, keep yourselves from idols" (5:21). I believe John was telling us to be careful not to let anything take the place of God in our hearts. His was one more reminder of what Moses had said thousands of years before: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them" (Exodus 20:3-5). Truly, through obsessiveness you can make an idol out of anything or anyone in life. A baby can become your idol, if your whole life revolves around him or her. If you feel empty and dull without your date, then you've surely got an idol. Your work can become your idol, as can a sport or a hobby. What you invest your time and money in, what you think about and talk about, show where your heart is. None of these things is wrong. But in order for our enjoyment of them to be optimal, God must be our first love.

Jesus Christ did not teach two deities, one infinite and the other finite. He pointed to one God as the source of all good, as the healer and Redeemer of men and women. He indicated by his example that God is Spirit, the very source, the only source, of our whole being. Mary Baker Eddy, a devoted follower of Jesus and the Founder of the Christian Science Church, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. …

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