You are the beloved child of God.
What a wonderful way to start the day! What a full, expressive identity statement! With those sorts of credentials, what couldn’t one do? Where couldn’t one go?
Possibly the best thing about this statement, is that it applies to everyone. You, me, your family, the people you see every day, and the people we may never meet in person. Being God’s beloved child does not depend on age, occupation, nationality, or any of the other ways we commonly identify ourselves. In fact, the truth that God loves us infinitely does away with everything that seeks to falsely identify us. “I’m too old to go traveling; she’s too young to appreciate good values; that’s just the way all teenage boys act; all developing nations go through periods of war and unrest.” Or how about, “I’m stuck in this job; he’s sick; she has years of abuse to overcome; they are mean people.” No! Any description of any situation, place, or person that limits us in any way, is false.
Since “Divine Love always has met, and always will meet, every human need,” (Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 494, line 10) every human need must be a need for divine Love. I can always turn to divine Love, to my Father-Mother, to tell me how, and who, I am. And what will my Father-Mother tell me? Could divine Love, the one Soul and Principle of Life, ever tell me anything except good? Imagine that: God, infinite Mind, knowing everything, loves you and cherishes you and is always giving you everything you ever need.
It’s tempting to look at the things around us, or at our personal histories, and say that since things are so wrong right now, God must not love us. However, that’s putting the cart before the horse. When we start with God, and accept God as the only cause and creator, we can start to see that the evil circumstances supposedly surrounding us have no foundation and thus no basis for affecting us. Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, writes in her textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “When we put off the false sense for the true, and see that sin and mortality have neither Principle nor permanency, we shall learn that sin and mortality are without actual origin or rightful existence.” (281:19-24) The more we give in to God’s love, and feel more and more love for Him, the less power any falsity can have over our thoughts.
There’s a slogan that reads, “What’s not to love?” Well, sometimes I seem to know all too clearly just what is unlovable about my identity; it doesn’t seem possible that God COULD love me, as He looks at me. Perhaps some mistakes bear down on me. Maybe I’ve accepted the imposition that I’m sick, or that I don’t possess physical or mental traits that others would be attracted to. It doesn’t do me too much good to know there’s a great, good, loving God if He’s just out of reach.
Ah, but there’s the lie. The great lie, the root of any discord in our lives, is that separation is possible. Separation from income, so we are poor. Separation from family or loved ones, so we are lonely. Separation from health, so we are sick. NO. One God means there is no space for any “other” to be. Therefore, all God’s ideas are united with Him. Mrs. Eddy writes that, “The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good. Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality– infinite Life, Truth, and Love.” (518:15) Every one of God’s children has infinite might and goodness! There’s nothing unworthy of love in that. Since we are not separate from God, we can only have, feel, and give what God has given, and we can always do this.
When we reason from a limited sense of things, when we look to the situations around us to prove or disprove God’s love, we will always arrive at a flawed conclusion. However, when we start with and give in to God’s infinite nature of love, we can see more clearly the loving reality of our lives. Not only did God create you and I, but His love is so ever-present, so infinite, that we are constantly fresh, consistently capable.
My favorite thing about these identity statements is that they are just the jumping-off point for discovering who I am. God’s creation is infinite and my possibilities, health, employment, place…everything!…is completely directed by His grand love. How wonderful to know that the whole day, the whole world, is completely governed by the same Love that governs all His children.