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Embraced and employed

Each of us has some quality of God that's distinctly ours and that shines through us.

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Throughout my professional life, I've been asked to do things that I never thought I could do – things that I would worry about, thinking I wasn't adequate. I was asked to hold positions that I felt I wasn't trained for.

One thing that has helped me face these challenges is a verse I've always loved in the Bible: "He [the Lord] performeth the thing that is appointed for me" (Job 23:14). To me this means that when we put our hands in God's – when we put our hands in that spiritual sense of who and what we are as the reflection of God and move beyond the limiting human point of view – we find that God prospers our work.

This past winter I had a marvelous illustration of what it means for all of us to be the reflection of God.

I got up early one morning to catch the sunrise. There had been some freezing rain overnight, which coated all the trees with ice. It was breathtakingly beautiful. As the sun rose higher and higher in the sky, the trees sparkled with that reflected light.

When I looked to the north of the house where the sun hadn't yet hit, the trees looked so ordinary. But when I turned back to where the sun shined, the trees were extraordinarily beautiful.

To me this was a glimpse of what it means to be the reflection of God. There's a divine dimension of life that makes us beautiful and good and kind, both inside and out. That life link with God's light takes us beyond human limitations and lifts us into that spiritual point of view where things become possible that we didn't think were possible.

Another idea that's been helpful is a statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" where Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness which animated him" (p. 26).

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