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Desire for consistent joy transforms life

From the May 1999 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christian Science has guided my life for over thirty years, but when I was growing up I didn't always see the relevance of this religion to my everyday life.

At college I began to participate in serious drinking and partying. Being away from home gave many opportunities to pursue this lifestyle, but gradually I began to question what was really providing satisfaction in my life. Then, the summer after my sophomore year, I went to a meeting in Boston for college-age Christian Scientists. It's amazing to me that I was willing to go, but I did, and this event changed my life. I couldn't believe how many kids were there! Hundreds and hundreds of students from around the world. I began to get a feel for the broad reach and universal love of this Church, and I realized I could not go forward while sitting on the fence. If I wanted a life of consistent joy and health and safety, I needed to know their source. And I needed to live what I was learning.

Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health: "We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought. What is the model before mortal mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you reproducing it?" (p. 248) To say that God created man was not enough if I still didn't understand the nature of man. God's creation expresses Him. Man, the image and likeness of God, is wholly good, intelligent, loving, perfect, peaceful. I began to see that I was God's child and could never be separated from Him.

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