Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

You Are Not Stupid Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

You Are Not Stupid Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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When you make a mistake, do you condemn yourself? I used to do it all the time. I'd forget something I'd promised to do for a friend and tell my friend (and myself), "Boy, was that stupid!" Or maybe I'd make the wrong turn on the way to the store, and once again I'd mutter the same thing.

What I was forgetting when I said those things about myself was that they weren't true. Not that I'm some kind of genius-but "stupid" is not the way God made me or you or anyone else. Each of us is, in reality, His perfect image. God is Mind, perfect Mind. He includes all intelligence and is totally wise and good. Since the Bible says that "in him {in God} we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28), it follows that we are intelligent and good also.

This intelligence doesn't depend on a brain or on heredity. It is spiritual intelligence because God is Spirit. Our abilities aren't limited by genes, tied to the amount of rest we've had, or dependent on any other material condition. When you pray-reason in this way-it makes a difference. Prayer breaks you out of the limitations of brainpower and difficult circumstances and brings the spiritual resources that belong to each of us. But if you call yourself stupid, you're actually working against yourself. Instead of identifying yourself with good, you're saying, "I'm just a bunch of flesh and bones without a whole lot of goodness, and even God can't help me." Mary Baker Eddy founded this newspaper. She also wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which explains Christian Science. And in this book there's discussion of how cutting yourself down affects you. For example, page 219 says, "We shall not call the body weak, if we would have it strong; for the belief in feebleness must obtain in the human mind before it can be made manifest on the body, and the destruction of the belief will be the removal of its effects." By the same token, affirming something positive about yourself, something true and accurate about how God created you, can eliminate bad effects. Here's an example. Not long ago I had to take some legal documents to the post office for a friend. …

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