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Who do you think you are?

From the October 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

“Who do you think you are?” the man growled as he stood up, towering over me, just inches from my face.

I had been working night-shift security at The Mother Church for a few years at this point and had learned that how I was thinking about people directly affected how they responded to me. Right from the beginning, I found that if I approached someone thinking simply that they were wrong and I was right and that I needed to make them comply with the rules, my nights were spent rushing from one end of the property to the other, often addressing the same person multiple times. 

While outwardly my job was to maintain a safe and secure environment for both employees and visitors by enforcing the rules that had been established, I found that the most successful approach to fulfilling that purpose was through prayer. Instead of passively accepting the common view that there were some “bad guys” out there wanting to do bad things, I strove to understand that because God is completely good, God’s image and likeness, man, must also be completely good. 

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