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An honorable man

A Christian Science perspective on daily life

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We've all known them – men of such integrity and humanity that we respond in kind without even thinking about it.

My dad was one of these men. Through years of consistent effort to do right, be kind, and respect others, he grew to be someone we all loved to love. When he passed on a few years ago, friends, business associates, and acquaintances celebrated the uplift his example gave them.

When a man like this passes from sight, the loss seems acute. But a growing understanding of God and His wonderful spiritual creation known as "man," which includes each of us, has come to my rescue. I've come to see my dad's sterling attributes, and those of other fine men, as original to everyone – built in by our Creator.

To me, it's divinely logical that the one infinite God, known by His omnipotence and omnipresence, has made His highest idea, man, to be like Him. Genesis uses the terms "image" and "likeness" to convey this distinct identity.

Mary Baker Eddy, founder of this newspaper, put it this way: "God's image and likeness can never be less than a good man; and for man to be more than God's likeness is impossible. Man is the climax of creation; and God is not without an ever-present witness, testifying of Himself" ("No and Yes," p. 17).

What about those men who don't exemplify this "good man"? I found an answer years ago, when I came face to face with a man who seemed to be the antithesis of Godlike.

"Larry" was drunk, disheveled, and disorderly. Though it was closing time, he obstreperously refused to leave the business my friend and I were visiting. But something impelled me to gently take his hand and lead him outside. We spent the next 10 minutes talking about God – simply, honestly, and lucidly.

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