Remember Who You Are
by Florence Roberts
I love that Mrs. Eddy advises us to examine ourselves often. She says: “We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are.” (Science and Health 8:28-30.)
God made us in His image and likeness, and in II Timothy 1:7 we read: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Not fully appreciating this spiritual fact, I lived for years with fear and timidity, weakness and helplessness. I have had many crying nights searching for the understanding of who I am.
When I learned through Christian Science that I am not a victim, because God made none, and that His love for me and everyone does wipe out all fears; I awakened to the double-mindedness of questioning what to trust. This stirring up made me commit to the one and only power of Spirit, to the omnipotence and presence of God.
This helped me to remind myself that I have God’s strength to depend on, His might helps me when temptations come. No longer was I going to accept any weakness and helplessness as being true about my real identity.
Our Hymn 195 is helpful for anyone feeling this false weakness and helplessness. The last verse reads:
’Tis what I know of Thee, my Lord and God,
That fills my soul with peace, my lips with song;
Thou art my health, my joy, my staff, my rod;
I lean on Thee, in weakness I am strong.
Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Truth not error, Love not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man.” (S&H 420:3-4.)
When we keep who we are at the forefront in our thinking, it is wonderful what that single-mindedness can help us overcome!