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Using Our Latent Abilities

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WE all have ''hidden'' abilities we could be putting to use, talents we could be developing and expressing. What can you and I do to bring latent abilities to light? We can gain a deeper understanding of man's true nature as the child of God.

In First John in the Bible is this powerful statement: ''Beloved, now are we the sons of God'' (3:2). You and I are God's very likeness, His spiritual offspring. And since we were formed by God for the purpose of showing forth His nature, we all have an essential role to play in God's plan.

Just how much we mean to our heavenly Father was clear to our Master, Christ Jesus. He said: ''Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. . . . Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows'' (Matt. 10:29, 31).

Created for the purpose of expressing God, you and I (and everyone else) are not only valuable, we are absolutely indispensable. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes: ''If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be childless,-no Father'' (p. 306).

With God's help, any person can discover what he or she is truly worth. We can wake up to the divine facts that God, divine Mind, is forever expressing Himself in His offspring and that we therefore already include all we possibly could need for our usefulness and satisfaction. Understanding this about ourselves, we'll see more of the God-bestowed abilities that always have belonged to us come to light. And the happy result will be more spontaneity and effectiveness in expressing God.

Yet, the feeling that we have little or nothing to contribute, besides making us quietly miserable, would shut down our expression of God-given talents. Sometimes people let themselves get so impressed with how well others are doing, they don't make any effort to develop and use the talents God has given them.

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